Tsvangirai to address massive defiance star rally on Saturday

HARARE, – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) has lined up a massive star rally on Saturday in what insiders say is intended to brief supporters about the latest crisis in the government of national unity (GNU).\r\n

Dubbed the “People Peace Rally”, the gathering would be addressed by Tsvangirai who on Wednesday went on a regional diplomatic offensive to brief Southern African Development Community leaders about the deteriorating political situation in the country.

The MDC T on Wednesday placed a full colour advertisement in the weekly Independent newspaper calling on its party faithfuls to attend the rally which will be held at the Glamis Arena.

“The peace-loving and God-fearing people of Zimbabwe have been pushed to the extreme due to abuse and political motivated violence in the country,” read part of the advertisement.

“So many people have lost life…due to the general disregard of the people’s dignity, rights and diversity. The crisis of governance and the ignoring of people’s basic freedoms of assembly, speech and movement lie at the heart of the people’s dislocation, dysfunctionality and the general malaise,” it said.

Nelson Chamisa, the MDC T spokesman said the rally would provide party president Tsvangirai to brief the people of Zimbabwe about the cause of their suffering and the reasons behind the latest crisis in
the GNU.

“The people of Zimbabwe will get an update of what is going on in the government. They need to be told about this ZANU-PF strategy which has seen our people being arrested, persecuted, the crisis in the GNU,” said Chamisa.

Meanwhile Chamisa said his party’s MPs were now in more danger which is worse than rhinos which are always hunted by poachers for their precious horns.

“Our MPs who are from MDC are not honourable they have become vulnerable,” said Chamisa after his party’s deputy treasurer general and energy minister Elton Mangoma was granted bail by the High Court on Tuesday.

“…our MPs are actually in a worse position than the hippo, the rhino. Some key animals are actually safer in Zimbabwe than our MPs.”

“We have insisted that we would want protection to be provided to our members of parliament and they have to be treated with dignity just like any other citizen,” he said.

Mangoma became the first full cabinet minister in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party to be arrested since the unity government was formed two years ago.

Former youth and indigenisation deputy minister Thamsanqa Mahlangu was the first to test the police cell on cell phone theft allegations.

In between there have been several arrests of party MPs on alleged rape and public violence charges, the most recent one being the arrest of Nyanga North MP Douglas Mwonzora who spent nearly two weeks in prison custody on alleged public violence charges.

The MDC is adamant all the arrests are politically motivated.