“Saturday rally to proceed, if you want to arrest me I’m here” – Tsvangirai throws gauntlet

Harare, – Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and leader of the main faction of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) said his banned star rally will proceed as planned on Saturday because it was not illegal.\r\n

Tsvangirai, who also said he was ready to be arrested, said such a move will end the shaky inclusive government.

“If people who want to arrest me I am here. I do not think I have to run away,” Tsvangirai said to journalists at his Harare house on arrival from a tour to Southern African Development Community countries to brief them on the Zimbabwe crisis.

He said he had heard that the police wanted to arrest him. "We will see how they proceed but this would be the last nail in this whole delicate and fragile government. I would be of course waiting on what the charges would be should they decide to proceed on that.”

Tsvangirai last week described as biased the Supreme Court judges who passed a ruling revoking the election of party national chairman Lovemore Moyo as Speaker of parliament.

“There is nothing illegal about that rally. Only last week there was supposed to be a ban of meetings which affected 73 of our district elections. It was illegal and no one had been given that authority.
An instruction was sent out that no meeting had been banned. I do not know where all this is coming from. We will do everything to make sure that the meeting proceeds as planned. I hope we do not have to make a storm in a tea cup with these kinds of dramatic actions that are outside the law.”

On his four day regional tour, Tsvangirai said he met Zambian President Rupiah Banda, who chairs the SADC Troika on Defence and Security, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, Swazi king’s Mswathi and Botswana leader Khama to brief them on the “dire situation in Zimbabwe which rendering the global political agreement under threat”.

He is set to meet South African President Jacob Zuma, the facilitator of Zimbabwe’s unity talks this weekend.