Police ban Tsvangirai rally


VICTORIA FALLS — Police in Victoria Falls yesterday barred an MDC-T rally which was supposed to be addressed by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at Chinotimba Stadium, arguing that Zanu PF had also booked the facility.

Report by Richard Muponde

Tsvangirai was supposed to address the rally yesterday before proceeding to Hwange, where he was due to address a star rally.

After the cancellation of the rally by police, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe resorted to a roadshow, meeting party supporters in the streets, market stalls and central business district before going to Hwange.

Hwange West, outgoing legislator, Gift Mabhena who was leading Khupe’s entourage during the tour of the resort town, yesterday confirmed the cancellation of the MDC-T rally by the police.

“They told us that we could not hold our rally because Zanu PF wanted to use the same venue (Chinotimba Stadium),” he said.

“We tried to move the address to Sunday or Monday, but they still refused.”

Addressing scores of party supporters who had gathered to receive her at Chinotimba Market, Khupe said MDC-T was confident of winning the elections on Wednesday.
“I have seen we have support,” she said. “MDC-T will be in power come Wednesday.”

She mocked Zanu PF for distributing torches and kitchen utensils, bearing President Robert Mugabe’s face, saying those will not bring economic emancipation to the people. Victoria Falls police, Chief Superintendent Jairos Chiwona could not be reached for comment.