President Tsvangirai embarks on second leg of his victory tour

President Morgan Tsvangirai's victory tour ahead of the 27 June presidential run-off has been a huge success despite harassment, arrests, intimidation and impounding of campaign vehicles by the police, Zanu PF thugs and state security agents.

The first leg of the tour has seen President Tsvangirai visiting Matebeleland North and South and Bulawayo provinces where huge crowds have come out to meet the president.

Thousands of people have come out to meet the president who has during his campaign come up with a strategy of meeting people in the streets, homes and buses.  

However, despite the campaign’s success, there have been cancellation of several rallies that had been lined up in areas such Chinotimba in Victoria Falls, Hwange, Binga and Lupane by the police.

In further attempts to stifle the campaign by closing the MDC’s political space, the police in Lupane also impounded a vehicle that the president was using in his campaign tours in the province.    

But continuing with his campaign last week, President Tsvangirai launched a new campaign strategy at the party’s headquarters; Harvest House in Harare at he unveiled two new buses that would be used by his campaign team during their tour to across the country.

The Harare central business district was brought to a stand still as people filled the streets to get a sight of the buses and President Tsvangirai.

However, within 48 hours of the launch, the police in Gweru, Midlands province, had impounded the two buses.

President Tsvangirai riding in one of the buses had on Thursday received rousing welcome from thousands of people in towns such as Norton, Chegutu, Kadoma, Redcliff and Kwekwe.

One of the buses has since been returned but Zanu PF has mobilised about 200 youths to torch the bus. Since the launch of his campaign, the president has been arrested five times.  He was arrested in Lupane, Umzingwane, Kwekwe, Gweru and Shurugwi as the Zanu PF regime steps up its efforts to frustrate the people of Zimbabwe from meeting President Tsvangirai.

But the ordinary people of Zimbabwe have formulated a way of meeting their president ahead of the 27 June elections.

The people of Zimbabwe have shown that they have a great desire to see President Tsvangirai and discuss with him the challenges that they are facing.   

The second leg of the President Morgan Tsvangirai’s victory tour will see him going to Mashonaland West, Central and East provinces.  He will also visit Manicaland and Masvingo provinces before winding up his tour next week

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