Lupane Police Stop Tsvangirai Peace Rally

The MDC T peace rally was scheduled for today Saturday afternoon at St Pauls, Lupane constituency and was set to be addressed by the Premier among other top party officials.

“Police on Friday told us no to go ahead with the peace rally today saying it is clashing with a Zanu-PF provincial meeting,” Njabuliso Mguni, the former legislator for Lupane told Radio VOP.

Abednico Bhebhe, the MDC T deputy organizing secretary added that the police action proved beyond doubt that the state security organ in Matabeleland North is fighting the former opposition party.

“They have cancelled our peace rally again,” Bhebhe said.

“This is the reason why we are recording the names of such unprofessional police officers so as to prosecute them for their unprofessional conduct once we get into power as they seem to be possessed with banning our meetings and fighting us in each and every turn.”

Edmore Veterai, the Officer Commanding Matabeleland North province could not be reached for comment.

Veterai is the senior cop who impounded a number of vehicles belonging to the MDC that had been deployed by the party to carry out ground work ahead of the watershed 2008 election.

Police in Matabeleland North have been preventing Tsvangirai from campaigning in the province since the seizure of the vehicles in 2008.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Matabeleland North is a hostile province in  the country as police have been harassing and arresting civic society activists, pastors, politician and Ministers for holding meetings in that area.

Last year alone, there were over 50 arrests while police also continue to maintain their stranglehold in on the province by banning opposition rallies despite court rulings that gave the green light to the parties to conduct their campaign rallies in the region.