(Last Updated on July 28, 2013 by Editor)
Published: July 27, 2013
Harare- Police have reversed an earlier decision to block the MDC-T party’s final rally scheduled for Monday at an open space in Harare’s Rotten Row area near Rainbow Hotel, formerly Sheraton hotel.
Late today the MDC-T announced that the police have rescinded their decision to block our Cross Over Rally.’
MDC_T Organising Secretary Nelson Chamisa told ZimEye, ‘the rally is back on and its going to be a big one’.
Chamisa said his party had a meeting with the police following the decision to block the rally.
“The police had told us that they would not cover our rally, but we had a meeting with them, and explained to them ‘we not asking you to cover our rally’.”
Police had earlier on communicated the decision to block the rally citing shortage of police personnel to cover the rally.
In a letter addressed to Godfrey Koster, who is the MDC-T national coordinator, Chief Superintendent Titus Alex Chagwedera, officer Commanding Police in Harare Central District said the ZRP was short-staffed and could not master enough security deployments for the rally.
“Your letter in which you indicated your party’s intention to hold a star rally at an open space opposite rainbow towers, Harare on the 29th July, 2013 from 1000 hours to 1600 hours is pertinent,” read the letter, dated July 26, 2013.
“Be advised that we have already deployed all our personnel to polling stations where they are securing election and government materials. We have no extra personnel to spare so that they cover your intended rally. Some of our personnel have been deployed to some other provinces to augment the strength of such provinces.“In view of the foregoing, holding the intended Star Rally has not been sanctioned and should not be allowed to take place as the absence of Police officers from the rally may culminate in political violence.”
Dubbed the ‘Cross Over Rally’ MDC-T has issued a word placated on large posters to its supporters which states, “This is the FINAL rally. It is compulsory to wear RED because WE ARE MAKING A STATMENT.It is National Regalia Day.RED IS THE PASSWORD.See you there.”
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