Chamisa abandons Kwekwe rally

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday abandoned his planned Kwekwe “thank you” rally, diffusing a potentially explosive situation after his supporters had vowed to disregard a police ban issued last Thursday citing a typhoid scare.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

FROM LEFT: MDC Alliance national organising secretary Amos Chibaya, Midlands North provincial youth chairperson Sekai Marashe and former Kwekwe Central MP and national executive member Blessing Chebundo at Mbizo 4 shopping centre, Kwekwe, where they were advising their supporters of the cancellation of the rally

Party organising secretary Amos Chibaya confirmed the climbdown, saying Chamisa, sitting in consultation with party leadership, had resolved to allow the matter to be determined by the courts instead of raising political tensions by defying the police ban.

“Our leadership weighed the benefits of having running battles with the police, getting our supporters shot at or arrested and that of allowing the courts to determine our application. We then decided to give the courts a chance to arbitrate so we called off the rally,” Chibaya said.

MDC Alliance lawyers approached the Bulawayo High Court on Friday with an urgent chamber application to have the police ban overturned, which will now be heard today.

“We approached the courts seeking to have the ban overturned, but we could not get a judge on Friday at the Bulawayo High Court. We were told they were unreachable on their phones,” he said.

“Our lawyers then managed to talk to High Court judge Martin Makonese, who set down the matter for Monday (today). Now this matter is being heard a day after the rally was supposed to be held. This shows you the courts are captured, they are in it.”

Chibaya said there was deep-seated fear in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s regime that allowing Chamisa to address rallies could trigger a revolution by the new generation, which strongly feels robbed by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission after the Constitutional Court ruling.

“We understand that fear and they want to contain our president, but it’s not about him, it’s about the people, the nation and the future. As a leader, he takes direction from his supporters and not the other way round. He has, however, pleaded with supporters to wait a little longer for the rally,” Chibaya, who was in Mbizo dismissing party supporters who had gathered for the rally, said.

Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya said the decision taken was tactical, given that the regime was looking for an excuse to clamp down on the party leadership and its supporters.

“They control the prisons, police and the military. We made a tactical decision, not out of fear, but out of trying to give processes a chance and also ensuring that we explore other avenues without endangering the lives of supporters. We will, however, take political solutions if our respect for the legal (route) is not respected,” he said.


Last Thursday, in a written response to MDC-T Kwekwe district chairman Charles Madhihwa, the police said the rally could not proceed because of a typhoid outbreak in Gweru.

“There has been a typhoid outbreak in the province. Health officials are not allowing the public gathering,” wrote the Officer Commanding Kwekwe District, Chief Superintendent Conrad Mubaiwa.

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27 Comments

  1. Comment…Commonsense prevailed. Why risk the lives and safety of the people?

  2. Mr Chamisa in the interest of the economy, which effects everybody, you need to move on. Stop calling yourself “The President”you are not! Get the best deal you can, and get better organized for the next elections. This is not about your personal glory!!!
    Please?

  3. not sue if people are still interested in these rallies what we the general public want is to see change in the economy starting now and that is what matters, this is no longer time for side shows by those who failed to grab the big price during the just ended contest, lets now rebuild the economy together and to the losers wait for the next chance.

    1. and winners, solve the economy. Why troubling Nelson.

      1. and for sure they will solve the problems but what the losers are saying is lets refrain from inciting violence and thats not a big demand by any stretch of imagination

    2. Do not say we, you and who? ED is going to thank people for voting for him and why should Chamisa not thank those who voted him as well? He is of course President of MDC so why stop calling him by that title?

  4. And it is very clear that this party is looking for nothing but trouble! You guys don’t forget that part of the president and his deputies’ vows at inaguration was to” oppose anything that can harm the nation”. So do not expect Vp Chiwenga and Commissiner Matanga to fold their hands when you try to trigger a genocide in our lovely motherland.

  5. Again you wait until Friday afternoon to file your case knowing the courts will be closed over the weekend!!!, the police decision was on Tuesday – tired of this bullsh, If you cant be serious then leave it for someone else who can be serious

  6. Comment…VaChamisa, madiyi kupa mukana avo vakakunda. Imi mozozviwona 2023 kana nguva yabvumira. Kuitira kuti munyika muve nerunyararo. Mhirizhonga inoita kuti dzimwe mhuri dzirasikirwe nevadikani. Vamwe varikuti Hurumende yemubatanidzwa. Vamwe todzoka totukazve tichiti CHIHURUMENDE chisina maturo. Nekudaro, itayi zvisingakonzere kudewuka kweropa
    vanhu towona kuti muri Muzodziwa wechokwadi. Nekuti mukaita zvinodewura ropa huZodziwa panenge pasina chose.

    1. mukana wei did he ever intervene with the policies of the ruling party,

  7. Chamisa is not the President, it is ED, all what he is trying to do is to confuse the whole country, with this man Zimbabwe is going nowhere. why rallies when elections are over we want different things that alleviate people. the courts should not allow this rubbish and Zimbabweans should resist being held at ransom by someone who lost and work towards development.

    1. Some of the people of Zimbabwe were over intoxicated by Mugabe’s oppression that they do not understand and even accept freedom . They continue to oppress themselves by calling for oppressive action against those who are fighting for their freedom. They need to detoxify. What Chamisa is fighting for is the medicine.

      1. Ko Mugabe anopinda papi. Chamisa is not the medicine, but the disease. What freedom are you talking about, freedom to lie and freedom yekudzingisa mabasa that was championed by Chamisa and Thabani Mpofu in the ZUVA case. The same Mugabe oppression you are talking of is now the darling wa Chamisa, saka Chamisa ari kuda kutidzosera to the Mugabe era. Chamisa and his likes are retrogressive elements within Zimbabwe.

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    We dont want to get sick, but what I think is when parliament sit, it should craft laws aimed at protecting peace loving Zimbabweans. All political leaders that would be found to have incited violence should be banned from contesting elections. We need peace loving leaders not to behave like those who killed and burn houses of povo during the liberation struggle. If it means age group of aspiring presidents be raised to 60 yrs let it be. ukashanda two teams wosvitsa 70 kana 85 wonozorora zvakwana.

  9. MDC hamuna pfungwa saka murikuda kuuraisa vanhu ne typhoid ibvai hamuna hanya nevanhu

    1. ZANU PF inepfungwa dzekubira mavotes

  10. So the MDC managed to win elections in different municipalities. Should we expect anything different this time around or the councilors in Chitungwiza and Harare will continue parceling residential stands to each other while ignoring the plight of residents. Please don’t tell me that local government determines who cities should be run. No government tells the city fathers to be corrupt. Instead of conducting thank rallies Chamisa must move around all city councils and fix the rot. MDC supporters are in towns so MDC must start fixing these problems and stop apportioning blame.

  11. So the MDC managed to win elections in different municipalities. Should we expect anything different this time around or the councilors in Chitungwiza and Harare will continue parceling residential stands to each other while ignoring the plight of residents. Please don’t tell me that local government determines who cities should be run. No government tells the city fathers to be corrupt. Instead of conducting thank rallies Chamisa must move around all city councils and fix the rot. MDC supporters are in towns so MDC must start fixing these problems and stop apportioning blame.

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    unofunga anoda kutambudzwa nemadofo eZanu ndiani usataurire nyika zvitaurire iwe isu hatitokuteereri toteerera Nero machinja mazanu itai zvenyu remember chamisa also voted by the half of educated Zimbabweans and mnangagwa voted of half of the country’s headmans (vafudzi vemombe ) so dont talk nonsense as if you are speaking on behalf of the nation izvo urikutaurira Obert mpofu .walter chidhakwa .Owen Muda .Kuly Moyo kuti vawedzere kulooter iwe uchingohukura zvakarehwa nastupid crocodile wenyu tibvire apa.we need Zimbabwe to move forward with those who dont see Chiwenga .matanga .Chigumba as Godfathers of Zimbabwe you are just lunatic go to he’ll!!!kana wasvotwa my number 000145911111134677888889

  13. Comment…wagara urimudzimu sezita rawakazvipa mugodoyi
    unofunga anoda kutambudzwa nemadofo eZanu ndiani usataurire nyika zvitaurire iwe isu hatitokuteereri toteerera Nero machinja mazanu itai zvenyu remember chamisa also voted by the half of educated Zimbabweans and mnangagwa voted of half of the country’s headmans (vafudzi vemombe ) so dont talk nonsense as if you are speaking on behalf of the nation izvo urikutaurira Obert mpofu .walter chidhakwa .Owen Muda .Kuly Moyo kuti vawedzere kulooter iwe uchingohukura zvakarehwa nastupid crocodile wenyu tibvire apa.we need Zimbabwe to move forward with those who dont see Chiwenga .matanga .Chigumba as Godfathers of Zimbabwe you are just lunatic go to he’ll!!!kana wasvotwa my number 000145911111134677888889

  14. its high time #God is in it be changed to #god is in it.

    God loves peace and love but other gods loves blood and hatred and with the way this good for nothing chamisa talks it proves he lacks love and peace.

    Continue dreaming boy and you shall keep being humiliated, some of us can’t wait for the outcome of the commission of inquiry on the events of 1 August.

  15. You boys are out of your minds,which people you talking of representing? Majority voted against you. Go to hell please and leave Zimbabwe to move foward

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    MDCA ndiyo inotova nevanhu vasina kufunda vano bvuma kuti pen inodzima kwava kutouya nemapen kuzovoter. Usatuka vamwe iwe ipa coment yako wakanyara kutuka kuratidza kuti wapererwa. Tichatonga, tigotonga tigongozotonga, iwe uchingopopota kusvikira wafa ne Hyper tension. Zvenyika hazvidi hasha hama yangu.

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