Farm workers defy threats

GUTU - Some 2,000 Zimbabwean farm workers defied Zanu (PF) threats and turned up at a rally in northern Gutu called by MDC vice president Thokozane Khupe at the weekend.

Addressing over 3 000 supporters at Zvavahera business centre, Khupe encouraged the farm workers to participate in the constitution-making process as this would guarantee that their views would be included in the new governance charter. “We need to move away from the system where the government sets the agenda for the people to a system where the people of Zimbabwe set the agenda for the government,” she told the farm workers.

The thousands of supporters who turned out for the boisterous rally sang songs, repeatedly shouted their slogan “change your ways” and at one point held thousands of referees’ red cards in the air. MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa, who accompanied Khupe, told The Zimbabwean: “The threats are phenomenal.” He complained that MDC supporters were not even able to carry sling-shots, while Zanu (PF) militants were armed with automatic weapons.

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