Green Bombers patrol city ahead of MDC rally

HARARE - Zanu (PF) has organised to deploy its militant Green Bombers ahead of the Star Rally planned by the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for the Zimbabwe Grounds on Sunday, this paper has established.
Sources privy to the arrangements said Zanu (PF) Harare Province had arranged for the G

reen Bombers to start patrolling the city tomorrow to counter any demonstrations the opposition might plan ahead of the rally.
“We are readying ourselves for any plans to destabilise the country by the MDC and its agents. It is our mandate to preserve peace and order in the country,” the source said.
As in the turbulent periods of 2000 and 2002 Zanu (PF) supporters have begunsetting up bases in the high density suburbs and conducting routine patrols.
Zanu (PF) youth leader, Absalom Sikhosana said: “We are always available to prevent bad elements from causing chaos in the country but we can’t divulge much about our plans.”
MDC’s MP for Glen View Paul Madzore said all was set for the Star rally.
“I received a call from Southerton Police Station and they have received our notice. They said we should do it in a peaceful way, which we have always done. We hope Zanu (PF) elements will not cause problems as they have done in the past,” Madzore said.
Tsvangirai plans to launch his party’s presidential campaign for next year’s polls in defiance of Mugabe’s intentions to defer the elections to 2010. – Itai Dzamara

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