MDC-T’s national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa told an estimated 2000 strong crowd that the rally had been reduced to a provincial rally at the last minute. This he said affected the MDC-T leader’s plans.
“We failed to get authority from the police in time to inform our structures the rally was taking place hence i have decided to relegate this into a provincial rally.”” said Chamisa.
A handful of MDC-T top officials among them justice and legal affairs deputy minister Obert Gutu, Jameson Timba, Jessie Majome attended the rally.
The MDC-T spent the better part of the week fighting legal battles with the police who arrested and charged dozens of party supporters who were accused for murdering a police officer in the high density suburb of Glen View last Sunday.
The crowd however remained behind to listen to an inspiring speech by Chamisa.
In his address, Chamisa criticised President Robert Mugabe for converting the country’s security institutions into its own appendages and calling for early elections before key reforms prescribed by the GPA are implemented.
He said his party will next week insist on the upholding of the SADC troika summit in Livingstone, Zambia which rebuked Zanu (PF) for holding back the country’s unity deal resolutions and rights abuses.
Chamisa rubbished Zanu (PF) for its insistence on calling for elections before democratic reforms could be implemented.
“There will be no credible election without MDC. An election without MDC will be a farce,” he said.
“If you see a dull person clamouring for an examination, he thinks he is smart. This dull person of ours thinks he has the answers and is fooling himself.”
Police water canon trucks patrolled the venue after the rally.