Tsvangirai Matabeleland North Rallies Disrupted

Officials who attended the rally organised to drum up support for Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) deputy organising secretary Abedinico Bhebhe said police arrived in three vehicles in the middle of Tsvangarai’s address at Nesigwe.

The police officers including some in plain clothes reportedly demanded that the crowd must immediately disperse and ignored Tsvangirai when he tried to intervene.

The Prime Minister who is supposed to have the same powers as President Robert Mugabe then left the venue in frustration.

MDC-T lawyers had on Friday successfully challenged the ban by Matabeleland North police on Tsvangirai’s rallies scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

The PM is drumming up support for Bhebhe who joined the MDC-T party together with two other former MPs after they were expelled by the Welshman Ncube led MDC.

The three recently won a High Court imploring Mugabe to call for by elections in their constituencies.

High Court judge Nicholas Ndou ruled in favour of Nkayi South legislator Bhebhe, Njabuliso Mguni (Lupane East) and Norman Mpofu, the former Bulilima North MP.

Tsvangirai was scheduled to address rallies in Nkayi South and North on Saturday and Sunday.

Nkayi North is currently held by Zanu-PF’s Sithembiso Nyoni and the MDC-T is already campaigning heavily in the constituency.

MDC-T said Tsvangirai’s address will “touch on various issues including the life and health of the MDC, the inclusive government and challenges faced.”

Analysts have predicted that the next elections that President Mugabe wants held next year will be won or lost in Matabeleland.

The weekend rallies will be the first meetings in rural areas to be addressed by Tsvangirai since he embarked on a nationwide tour to celebrate MDC’s 12th anniversary.

MDC led by Ncube have also been quietly campaigning in Matabeleland where they hold rallies every weekend.