Police cancel MDC rallies

Police have once again cancelled opposition MDC rallies in the Zaka East constituency ahead of the by-election to be held on 9 June.
Officer commanding police Masvingo East District, Chief Superintendent L. Matapura wrote a letter on 31 May to Misheck Marava the MDC organising

secretary for Masvingo province advising him that their applications have been unsuccessful.
“I regret to advise you that your applications have been revoked and cancelled due to a lot of circumstances we are in, in preparation for the by-election to be held on 9 June 2007,” wrote Matapura.
Marava said the MDC was shocked by the sudden change of mind on the part of the polie because they had already peacefully held one of the rallies at Chinorumba township on May 30.
“We had planned two other rallies for the weekend, one at Mutimwi school on Saturday and another at Chibwe Township on Sunday. The police are busy right now telling people not to attend our rallies because they are illegal,” said Marava.
MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa on Saturday said although they were not taking part in the election they wanted to address their supporters about the decision to pull out as well as mobilise for the 2008 parliamentary and presidential elections.
“The plan is to frustrate all our efforts to mobilise people ahead of the elections. Zanu (PF) is failing to get supporters at its rallies and they are afraid. We will however not be deterred by these tactics until we achieve our goal of a new Zimbabwe,” said Chamisa.
Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena was not available for comment. – CAJ News

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