Police Bans Three MDC Rallies
Bulawayo, October 27 2011 – Police in Matabeleland North province have
banned three rallies planned for the weekend by the Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC-T) which is led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
The three rallies were supposed to be held in Victoria Falls, Binga and
Lupane. Tsvangirai, was expected to be the guest of honour to drum up
support for his party in the forth coming elections.
Speaking to Radio VOP, the (MDC-T) National Deputy Organising Secretary,
Abednico Bhebhe, said: “The police have since banned our rallies in Victoria
Falls, Binga and Lupane that were supposed to kick start on Friday until
Bhebhe who described the banning of the rallies as ‘frustrating’, said: “We
are going to defy the police ban and go ahead with the meetings;
Matebeleland North police are now fighting the MDC-T.”
Bhebhe said the police cited high level of inter-state meetings which will
require high security coverage in the three districts.
In a letter to MDC-T Matebeleland North provincial organising secretary
Thembinkosi Sibindi, Chief Superintendent Chiwona of Victoria Falls police
station noted among others:”Please take note that we are going to have a
high level inter- state meeting which will need high security coverage in
the district. So for the above mentioned reason we have seen it fit to
prohibit your rally until, after this event.”
The letter advised the MDC-T to hold their rallies after the 4th of
Last week in Nkayi North, MDC-T also ran battles with the police over their
unsanctioned rally in Nesigwe Business Centre as it was clashing with the
one for Zanu (PF).
The riot police forced Tsvangirai to abruptly end his rally when the law
enforcement agents came in full force to disperse the people who were
attending the rally.
Tsvangirai will be on tour of government projects in Matebeleland North
After the disruption of his rally on Saturday Tsvangirai warned Matebeleland
North province police chief, Assistant Commissioner, Edmore Veterai saying
he is now politicising the force and was applying the law selective by
harassing and arresting political activists week in week out.
Police in Matabeleland North have been preventing Tsvangirai from
campaigning in the province since the run up to the June 27 2008
presidential run-off poll. His armoured BMW campaign car was seized by
police in the provincial capital, Lupane and has not been released.
According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) Matabeleland North
is now the most hostile province in the country as police have so far
arrested or harass more than 40 politicians and human rights activists since
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