Panic: Tsvangirai saturday star rally banned, defiant MDC to go ahead

Harare,- Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe police on Thursday banned the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) star rally that was set to be held on Saturday here by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

A letter written to the Secretary General of the party, Tendai Biti, by the Chief Superintendent G Gandana advised that the Saturday rally had been cancelled because of another Zanu (PF) rally to be held 500 metres from the venue.

"Please note that the roads that lead to your intended venue are the same as that lead to the Zanu (PF) rally venue and there is a likelihood of clashes between supporters which would then lead to violence," noted Gandana in his letter.

However the MDC organising Secretary, Elias Mudzuri dismissed the move and said the party will go ahead with the peace rally on Saturday.

He said: “With or without the police clearance our position is that we are going to go on as planned and our secretary general, Tendai Biti had even said so. Zanu (PF) can have its own rally and this can be possible and our rally is a peace campaign.”

His sentiments were also echoed by his deputy, Morgan Komichi, who said:“Zanu (PF) and Mugabe represent evil forces that want to deny the children of Zimbabwe their right to freedom. We must remain strong in the struggle and I am not scared of death. As democratic forces let’s resist this ploy by the ZRP and our rally will go one without the police clearance.”

“We are now embarking on a new version of resistance. It is rather naïve for us to think that we are still together with Zanu (PF),” he added.

Meanwhile in Mutare war veterans descended on schools demanding that schools sign President Robert Mugabe’s anti-sanctions campaign launched over a week ago in Harare.

This follows reports in Masvingo that police and soldiers as well as state journalists in Harare were being pressurised to sign the petition.

The war vets also gave talks to High School students on the history and the war of liberation of Zimbabwe as well as Zanu (PF) slogans and chimurenga songs.

“They said to us if our parents support the MDC we should tell them to stop and support the party that liberated this country,” said one student