Tsvangirai Nearly Barred

Makone who recently came under fire for claiming that police had reformed, said she was shocked by the junior officer’s courage.  “Some of the police officers have changed and I don’t know where this one got the power to do so.” she said.
 
About 5 000 people attended the celebrations in front of the shops at Gokwe center where again Tsvangirai told supporters to prepare for elections next year.
 
He said he had reached an agreement with President Robert Mugabe that whoever wins the next elections should be allowed to rule the country.
 
This was the second time police have attempted to stop the Prime Minister from addressing his supporters in the last three months.
 
Tsvangirai had to defy another ban by Matabeleland North police who wanted to prevent him from addressing provincial MDC celebrations in Hwange.
 
On the new constitution, the Prime Minister warned that it was guaranteed that his party would support the draft at the referendum.
 
He said if the people’s wishes were ignored they will tell them to reject the draft as it happened in 2000.
 
Zimbabweans are likely to vote in a referendum for a new constitution before the general elections are held next year.
 
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Tendai Biti says Mugabe recently ordered him to budget US$200 million for the referendum and the elections.
 
Despite the insistence by to political parties that there must be elections next year, critics say the country’s is not ready for polls anytime soon because government is yet to deal with the issue of national healing.