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Police ban Chamisa rally

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Police in Ruwa yesterday banned an MDC-T rally scheduled to be addressed by party organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, claiming they had no manpower as the bulk of them would be on duty at the Dynamos-Motor Action football match on the same day.

Police spokesperson Inspector James Sabau said he could not comment as he said he was not in office.

“You may get hold of me tomorrow (today), I am not in office right now,” Sabau said.

MDC-T provincial youth chairperson for Chitungwiza Mashoko Matonhodze said the party got a police clearance letter on Wednesday, but was on Saturday served with a cancellation letter.

Ruwa falls under MDC-T’s Chitungwiza province.

“We were supposed to hold our rally in Ruwa at Mavambo shopping centre after obtaining a police clearance letter, but on Saturday cops called us and handed us a cancellation letter,” Matonhodze said.

He said in cancelling their rally, police claimed their officers had picked information that there were some Zanu PF sympathisers who intended to disrupt the rally.

Matonhodze said the disturbances were meant to stop the MDC-T from campaigning ahead of possible polls this year.

However, he said the MDC-T would not be stopped from meeting the people saying “the MDC has other means of communication that will make the party reach the people”.

Chamisa said he was shocked by the sudden cancellation of the rally.

“MDC is now a banned organisation in the eyes of the police, but it is bizarre that Zanu PF continues to hold rallies countrywide without police clearance,” he said.

Chamisa said the rally was meant to brief the people about progress in the government of national unity and about elections, which Zanu PF wants held this year.

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