Police provoking us – MDC
|By Pindai Dube
BULAWAYO – MDC youths say Zanu PF and the police are making efforts to provoke them into a violent reaction following the arrest of their leader, Solomon Madzore.
Police once claimed he was on the run and was wanted to face murder charges.
Following his arrest, Madzore appeared in court on Friday facing murder charges and was remanded in custody to October 19.
Addressing more than 2000 MDC supporters at Induba Stadium in Pelandaba high density suburb in Bulawayo yesterday, Costa Machingauta, who deputises Madzore said the MDC youths were planning to act following their leader’s arrest.
He did not specify the type of action they would take.
“It is very painful that our leader (Solomon) Madzore is languishing in remand prison as we speak. Police are not doing this alone, there are getting instructions from Zanu PF to arrest and harass MDC leaders,” Machingauta said.
“As MDC Youth Assembly we will not just sit and watch while this happens. It is high time we stop this, we have to do something, enough is enough,” he added.
Machingauta urged the MDC youths to confront war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda and stop his terror campaign in rural Masvingo and Matabeleland provinces.
“Jabulani Sibanda should be stopped,” he said, adding: “We can not allow him to continue harassing and intimidating the rural folk. I am happy MDC youths in Bulawayo did not allow his terror campaign here.”
Speaking at the same rally, MDC Bulawayo Youth Assembly chairman Bhekithemba Nyathi said his party would not allow the repeat of violence that characterised the 2008 general and presidential elections.
“We want peaceful elections this time. We would like to warn Zanu PF against violence because we will (indeed) retaliate,” said Nyathi.
The rally was attended by almost all MDC Youth Assembly national leaders and several party Members of Parliament, Senators from in and around Bulawayo.
Although no dates have been set, President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party have said elections should be held before March 2012.
Civic groups and Sadc have demanded that there be reforms that would ensure a level playing field before the polls.
Mugabe has said he will not invite election observers from Britain and the European Union because they imposed sanctions against his Zanu PF party.
Deborah Bronnert, the new British ambassador to Zimbabwe, said after meeting Mugabe recently that her government was happy that “the (Zimbabwean) parties in the inclusive government were working together towards greater reform and credible elections.”
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