Police And Army Harrass MDC Delegates Ahead Of Congress

Bulawayo, – Heavily armed police and soldiers have mounted 24 hour road blocks at all main roads leading into Bulawayo where motorists are being harassed and searched thoroughly as the three day mainstream Movement Democratic Change (MDC-T) national Congress begins Thursday.

The police and the army officers manning the road claim that they are looking for weapons of war.

MDC-T deputy spokesperson,Thabitha Khumalo, condemned police behaviour saying police and soldiers were not supposed to harass their members entering Bulawayo. She said MDC members were not terrorists who carry weapons of war.

“What weapons of war are they looking for? That’s a silly excuse they are using to harass and frustrate our party members coming for the congress. MDC members don’t carry weapons of war; we condemn this kind of behaviour by police and army. We are not rebels but a legal registered party holding its congress.”

On Wednesday night at a police and army road block mounted near Fairbridge police station along Bulawayo –Harare highway motorists were being ordered to step out of their vehicles and have cars and body searched thoroughly.

Morethan 6000 delegates are expected to attend the party’s third national congress at Barbourfields Stadium where Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga will be the guest of honour.

The theme of the congress is; “The MDC Third National Congress – United, Winning – The People’s Covenant to Real Change.”

New members of the national executive will be elected but party president and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is assured of retaining his post as he is going to the congress unopposed.