MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai was forced today to hold a rally at an open space near the market stalls instead of Mvurwi stadium, after Zanu PF supporters took over the venue of the rally to hold netball and soccer matches.
According to MDC-T supporters interviewed at Mvurwi business centre where the rally was held, MDC-T had to move to an open space near Mvurwi vegetable market, some 300 metres away from the stadium.
The events were separated by a police van manned by seven officers.
Even though MDC-T had secured police clearance to hold the rally, Zanu PF supporters deliberately occupied the venue five hours before Tsvangirai was scheduled to address his supporters at midday, effectively blocking MDC-T supporters from gathering inside.
MDC-T supporters, who started trickling in at the venue around 8 am, were shocked to find Zanu PF youths and women donning party regalia preparing to start the games.
Tsvangirai is on his second-leg of his campaign in Zanu PF’s stronghold Mashonaland Central, as the party intensifies its election campaign ahead of elections on July 31.
At the rally, Tsvangirai accused Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu of allegedly stealing the country’s diamonds.
He said if his party wins, he would strengthen the Anti-Corruption Commission, to make it more effective in dealing with corruption in the public sector.
“The world will ask you why you would vote for a 90-year old. Zorodzai mudhara uyu (please allow this old man to rest). Before you vote, think of 2008,” he said.