MDC-T supporters on Saturday barred journalists from both the private and State media from covering Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s meetings in Gwanda and Bulawayo, insisting they were private.
Report by Nqobani Ndlovu Staff Reporter
The MDC-T leader was updating provincial party structures on the state of the economy, upcoming referendum and drumming up support ahead of next year’s harmonised elections.
He was accompanied by MDC-T secretary-general and Finance minister Tendai Biti, national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa, Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, among other top party officials.
In Gwanda, rowdy MDC-T supporters threatend to beat up a NewsDay reporter for standing near the venue of the meeting.
Earlier on, MDC-T deputy organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe had urged party youths to shun violence ahead of the referendum and elections. “The youth should shun violence,” he said. “An army that wins the war is the one that is disciplined and I urge you, youths, to be also disciplined.
“We urge the youths to lead voter education campaigns.
“You should make sure that all youths in this province register for next year’s elections.
“The MDC-T should win and change lives of all Zimbabweans.”
MDC-T is still smarting from ugly scenes of intra-party violence that rocked its Bulawayo structures just before its congress last year.