Zim Police Bans Three MDC Rallies

The three rallies were supposed to be held in Victoria Falls, Binga and Lupane. Tsvangirai, was expected to be the guest of honour to drum up support for his party in the forth coming elections.

Speaking to Radio VOP, the (MDC-T) National Deputy Organising Secretary, Abednico Bhebhe, said: “The police have since banned our rallies in Victoria Falls, Binga and Lupane that were supposed to kick start on Friday until Sunday.”

Bhebhe who described the banning of the rallies as ‘frustrating’, said: “We are going to defy the police ban and go ahead with the meetings; Matebeleland North police are now fighting the MDC-T.”

Bhebhe said the police cited high level of inter-state meetings which will require high security coverage in the three districts.

In a letter to MDC-T Matebeleland North provincial organising secretary Thembinkosi Sibindi, Chief Superintendent Chiwona of Victoria Falls police station noted among others:”Please take note that we are going to have a high level inter- state meeting which will need high security coverage in the district. So for the above mentioned reason we have seen it fit to prohibit your rally until, after this event.”

The letter advised the MDC-T to hold their rallies after the 4th of November.

Last week in Nkayi North, MDC-T also ran battles with the police over their unsanctioned rally in Nesigwe Business Centre as it was clashing with the one for Zanu (PF).

The riot police forced Tsvangirai to abruptly end his rally when the law enforcement agents came in full force to disperse the people who were attending the rally.

Tsvangirai will be on tour of government projects in Matebeleland North starting Thursday.

After the disruption of his rally on Saturday Tsvangirai warned Matebeleland North province police chief, Assistant Commissioner, Edmore Veterai saying he is now politicising the force and was applying the law selective by harassing and arresting political activists week in week out.

Police in Matabeleland North have been preventing Tsvangirai from campaigning in the province since the run up to the June 27 2008 presidential run-off poll. His armoured BMW campaign car was seized by police in the provincial capital, Lupane and has not been released.

According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) Matabeleland North is now the most hostile province in the country as police have so far arrested or harass more than 40 politicians and human rights activists since January