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NERA can be sued over 2016 anti-government protests

by Staff reporter
20 Sep 2017 at 13:38hrs | Views
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF continue tightening screws opponents after the High Court granted a request by a shadowy organisation linked to the party to sue organisers of last year's anti-government protests.

According to NewZimbabwe.com, the High Court has granted an application by the group to have a commissioner appointed to assess the extent of the loss incurred by business owners in central Harare.

Chaotic scenes followed a banned National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) march for electoral reforms August 26 last year.

Some shops in central Harare were looted while flea market stalls were razed down during the violent skirmishes. The Zanu-PF-linked group initially placed the extent of the damage at US$1 million.

The protests were a culmination of similar protests against poverty, joblessness, corruption and police brutality among other accusations which were directed at the Zanu-PF-led government by citizen movements.

However, protests that rocked central Harare on the day in question were ignited by a police decision to oppose a court ruling granting organisers of the march to proceed with their protest.

Following the skirmishes, the so-christened Citizens Against Violence And Anarchy (CAVAA) was quickly formed to pursue a class action against NERA, a grouping of over 13 opposition parties demanding poll reforms before the 2018 elections.

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