By Staff Reporter
Police Saturday disrupted an MDC Alliance 1 million youth campaign in Midlands arguing the meeting was not only sanctioned but also in violation of Covid-19 regulations.
In his launch of the campaign MDC Alliance National Youth Leader Obey Sithole blasted the police for double standards in allowing the governing Zanu PF to hold their District Coordinating Committee elections recently without any disturbances.
“We have been told by the police to disperse and stop our launch. We find these double standards as downright outrageous.
It is not only uncalled for but also bizzare that the police allows Zanu PF to have their DCC elections whilst MDC Alliance is not allowed to mobilise towards an election.
They told us that we cannot hold this meeting because of Covid-19 regulations but they have allowed Zanu PF to have their DCC’s, ” he said.
A minor scuffle between police and Sithole’s Deputy Cecelia Chimbiri ensued.
“I saw a plain clothes police officer manhandling one of our party youth. I went there to enquire since I didn’t know that they were police since they were in plain clothes. They allowed our youth to go but insisted that we were not supposed to proceed with the meeting,” she said.
The MDC Alliance youths were also drumming support for the party’s Kwekwe Central Parliamentary Candidate Judith Tobaiwa.
Kwekwe fell vacant following the death of Masango Matambanadzo in July this year.
Zanu PF is yet to come up with a candidate following clashes between rival aspiring candidates 2018 losing parliamentary candidate Kandross Mugabe and Energy Ncube.
“Police also disrupted our meeting at Khayalethu Gardens,” MDC Allliance Midlands Provincial Chairperson Sekai Marashe said.
Khayalethu belongs to Kwekwe Mayor Angeline Kasipo.
“We were also taking the opportunity to market our candidate for Kwekwe Central Judith Tobaiwa,” she said.
Tobaiwa said the sporting event which she had organised at Amaveni Stadium was for youths from all walks of life despite their political affiliations.
“This was just a mere sporting event which was aimed at uniting youths in Kwekwe despite their various political dispositions. It is therefore, disappointing when police decided to stop the event. Its true I want to be a parliamentary representative for Kwekwe Central thats why I am advocating for youths in the province through sporting activities amongst other activities,” she said.
MDC Alliance Youth Secretary General Gift Ostallos Siziba said youths were going to resist such illegal actions.
“As youths we are going to resist these illegal police actions. We notified the police command in Harare about this meeting so we are surprised when they disrupt our meeting. We are going to resist such actions,” he said.
The launch was also attended by National Youth Organiser Netsai Marova, Harare West Legislator Johanna Mamombe, Warren Park MP Shakespeare Hamauswa amongst other members.Meanwhile, 35 MDC Alliance youths were arrested over the weekend skirmishes.
Amongst those arrested according to Tobaiwa is Milton Gwamuri, Kwekwe District youth spokesperson.