Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa has claimed Zanu PF is in a panic mode, which explains why it is plotting with the police to hinder its campaign ahead of the March 26 by-elections.
He says the situation is likely to worsen as the country prepares for the general elections in 2023.
Chamisa said this after police banned his Tuesday rally set for Binga, having previously done the same in Marondera and Gokwe.
On February 26, the CCC went to High Court, which overturned ZRP’s ban on their Gokwe rally, but cops went ahead and prevented the event from taking place through the use of teargas, dogs and water cannons to disperse CCC supporters.
In Marondera, the police were armed with teargas canisters, rifles, baton sticks and water cannons as they sealed off all entrances into Rudhaka stadium where the rally was supposed to take place.
In a statement, Chamisa said that his opponents are quacking and shaking. Said the former ICT minister:
So, they are quacking and shaking. We mean peace and love; we are peacemakers and 2023 is fast approaching. We will win BIG, with a landslide.
We will build our Zimbabwe new and great; Let’s together win Zimbabwe for change! It’s a Citizen fight.
Officer Commanding Hwange District Chief Superintendent Agnes Robert told CCC that President Emmerson Mnangagwa will visit Hwange on March 17 and, therefore the police did not have enough manpower to monitor the CCC rally in Binga.
CCC National Assembly candidate for Binga for North Province Dubeko Sibanda said the party’s lawyers spent a day at the court challenging the police ban but they did not succeed.
Acting President, VP Constantino Chiwenga Sunday accused the police of blocking the opposition party’s rallies around the country saying ZANU PF had nothing to do with it.