Police claim MDC failed to turn up at sanctioned rally

HARAE – The Zimbabwean ZANU-PF Police say the MDC-T will have themselves to blame if the police refuse to grant them permission to hold rallies in future as the party failed to conduct a police sanctioned rally, which was scheduled for the past weekend.\r\n

Police Spokesperson, Inspector James Sabau told the State broadcaster the ZBC News that they sacrificed the little resources at their disposal by deploying equipment and manpower for the expected event but no one turned out.

Inspector Sabau said the failure by the MDC-T to hold the rally after seeking permission from police raises eyebrows as the police had made all the provision to provide security for the expected gathering.

“We are leaving no stone unturned in finding out why this party let the police to release officers and other equipment to provide security at the grounds. We were surprised as the police were the only ones at the grounds as the party supporters did not turn out, so what we are saying is that we are longer taking them seriously,” said Inspector Sabau.

Over the past weeks, MDC-T has been at the forefront of claiming that they were being denied the right to hold rallies by the police, whom they say favour Zanu-PF.

It is against this background that the police have warned MDC-T not to cry foul as they risk not being given permission to hold rallies in the future as they are taking police for granted.