How ZANU (PF) disrupted my rally
This was a rally applied for by the MDC Harare Provincial organising
department which was supposed to be held at Hatcliffe Shops on Sunday 30
by Theresa Makone
Ian and I attended mass at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, Hatcliffe,
which was delayed due to a baptism session that was incorporated in the
mass. We only finished at about 13.30hours. My husband left me behind as he
was going to the office to do budget preparations, expecting me to proceed
to the rally after my Sunday meetings. I was expected only at 2:00pm while
others in the meantime, proceeded with entertainment and introductions
according to our tradition.
To my surprise, one of my staffers called me out of my meeting,to tell me
that all hell had broken loose at the venue,as marauding ZPF youths were
attacking the gathering at the shops. At the same time, churchgoers who had
left after mass came back to tell everyone to plan the homeward route in
such a manner that they avoid the Hatcliffe Shops vicinity.
I asked if the police had been informed. I was advised that Deputy Mayor
Chiroto, who is the local counsellor, and my husband, Ian, who had been
contacted by Counsellor Chiroto, had gone to Helensvale Police Station
In the meantime, the MDC crowd and other members of the constituents who had
come to listen to their MP, were forced to defend themselves while the
police were, hopefully,coming.
To their surprise ZPF youths who are accustomed to a docile MDC crowd, were
surprised by the resolute defense of the people’s right to assemble as the
attackers were sent scurrying in all directions.
In the meantime, our people removed the P.A. System that we had hired to
Councillor Chiroto, Mr Makone and one of my drivers who had also been
injured, ferried injured people to Avenues Clinic for urgent medical
Ian came back to check to see if it was now safe and if the police had
responded to their earlier plea for assistance.
The law abiding crowd was relieved when the riot squad arrived. They
appeared to be driving the ZPF youths back successfully. At that point, I
received a call from one of the organizers to come and address the
constituency. No sooner had I left my sanctuary than I received another call
to say that I should turn back, because the ZRP were now firing tear gas and
rubber bullets into the crowd, as the ZPF youths were following close behind
throwing rocks at the same crowd.
As some of our officials were walking to safety with the riot police, two of
the ZRP officers were overheard saying ‘If we could only catch two or three
MDC people, we will beat the hell out of them’.
At that very moment, one of our people walking next to my husband, was
struck by a rubber bullet. Fortunately, he only suffered muscular shock. I
wonder who the real target was!
Obviously against such a force, the rally had to be abandoned. Until 11:00
pm at night, I was still stuck at Avenues Clinic checking on the progress of
the gallant cadres who stood their ground as the merciless forces of
Armageddon pelted them with rocks, sticks and bottles and attacked them with
I believe one of our youths had a gun placed against his neck by Justice
Zvandasara in full view of the police, and no action was taken against him.
Justice Zvandasara is the ZANUPF candidate of the harmonized elections of
2008 in Harare North Constituency. Obviously, I trounced him in that contest
and Counsellor Chiroto was elected to Harare City Council. Our hard fought
battle was dampened by the cold blooded murder of Mrs Chiroto at the hands
The constituency was shocked to hear that the same Justice Zvandasara is the
representative for ZANUPF at JOMIC (Joint Monitoring and Implementation of
the Global Political Agreemen). The same person was on Sunday coordinating
reinforcements for his coward forces from neighbouring farms and townships.
If is very clear that ZANUPF have targeted Harare North, Epworth, Mbare and
Harare South as areas that they can cower into submission come next
election. Fortunately, their method of murder and mayhem has long seized to
impress the people of this largely Christian and God fearing nation.
If we can no longer hold meetings that have Police clearance, even when the
Police are there, would it be wrong to come to the following conclusions;
That the police only came because ZANUPF had been routed That the police did
not come to protect law abiding citizens That the police are complicit with
ZANUPF That it is the police who do not want MDC to assemble anywhere in
Zimbabwe That the police regard MDC as a rogue party that should be
The Minister of Home Affairs cannot be protected by her own staff! I would
have expected them to be there earlier, to ensure that all was well on the
ground from early that morning. I doubt very much that our CID section did
not know that there were other people planning to disturb the authorized
The ZRP that I know, have their eyes and ears everywhere unless of course
they have lost steam like all other institutions in the country, or they are
deliberately turning a blind eye to these attacks, which are now everywhere,
where the MDC tries to assemble. – Theresa Makone, co-minister of home
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