Harare police provincial spokesperson Inspector James Sabau confirmed the police had sanctioned the rally.
“We have sanctioned the rally and it is going on,” Sabau said.
MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the rally was on. “The rally is going on. We have been cleared by police. As you might know, there is a standing agreement that no MDC meetings will be banned,” he said.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has on several occasions denied the two MDCs permission to conduct rallies.
Today’s rally will be the first in the party’s countrywide mission to meet it’s grassroots.
All roads lead to the Zimbabwe Grounds, Highfield in Harare this weekend where the MDC-T will hold its post congress, People’s Real Change Peace Rally.
The MDC-T team, led by Tsvangirai, will address the rally, following a nod from the police earlier in the day.
MDC-T says the peace rallies will spread throughout the country’s provinces and will give the its leadership led by Tsvangirai an opportunity to report back to the people on the resolutions of the MDC-T’s third National Congress that was held in Bulawayo in April.
The rallies will also be an opportunity to unveil the party’s new leadership, brief the nation on the progress being made by the inclusive government and challenges faced, the issue of the election roadmap as a prerequisite to the holding of free, fair and credible elections as well as to speak on and denounce the disturbing violence that has resurged in the country.
At the rally Tsvangirai is going to touch on the party’s expectations at next week’s SADC summit on Zimbabwe to be held in South Africa on 11 June.
The rallies being held under the banner; “Free Zimbabwe: Say No to Violence – Yes to Peace”, seek to involve the masses in making their pledge to peace and real change.
The police blocked a similar rally that was planned for March 19 this year at the Glamis Arena and Zimbabwe Grounds in Harare as they claimed Zanu PF had booked the two venues for the entire year.