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Heavy police presence ahead of Tsvangirai, Mujuru visits

Politics
THERE was heavy police presence in Gweru yesterday ahead of an MDC-T demonstration and Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) rally that run concurrently in the city today.

THERE was heavy police presence in Gweru yesterday ahead of an MDC-T demonstration and Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) rally that run concurrently in the city today.

BY STEPHEN CHADENGA

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai (pictured) will lead a march against Zanu PF’s misrule in the central business district, while ZimPF leader Joice Mujuru will address her maiden rally in the Midlands capital at Mkoba Stadium.

Police were deployed in the streets early in the morning, but most of them had dispersed around midday.

Trucks full of members of the police and the Zimbabwe National Army also drove through the city to an unknown destination.

Acting provincial police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector, Ethel Mukwende was not available for comment. MDC-T national youth assembly spokesperson, Brian Dube recently told journalists that the demonstration was a constitutional right that could not be stopped by police.

“Any professional member of the police would not attempt to stop citizens from exercising their constitutional right to freedom of expression and association,” he said.

“This is a peaceful demonstration and we would not allow a situation where Zanu PF manipulates State security apparatus.”

Zanu PF youths last week reportedly attacked and disrupted a ZimPF door-to-door outreach programme to drum up support for their Chinhoyi rally, leaving several members of the opposition party injured.