Heavy Police deploys in Bindura ahead of Joice Mujuru’s rally
BINDURA: The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has deployed heavily armed officers and patrol dogs ahead of the Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF)’s star rally to be held here at the weekend.
NewZimbabwe.com was in the Mashonaland Central provincial capital this week where it witnessed ZRP trucks dropping police details in the CDB. Residents said they thought the deployment was meant to “intimidate” people and prevent them from attending the planned ZimPF rally to be addressed by the party’s president Joice Mujuru on Saturday.
“They (police) have been coming here since Monday and they are patrolling everywhere with their dogs,” said a local resident.
“There is going to be a Mai Mujuru rally here sometime this week and we have seen her posters most of which have since been defaced by some local youths; maybe that is the reason why these unusual police patrols are happening,” a Chiwaridzo resident suggested.
Jealousy Mawarire, ZimPF national spokesperson, confirmed the planned rally and told NewZimbabwe that their supporters were already being harassed.
“Just before we had a joint march with the MDC-T in Gweru recently, we had a number of our party supporters whose houses were burnt down because of their association with the party,” he said.
“Our senior party officials had to go with groceries and some donations to the victims after the sad incidents, but we are saying to our supporters do not be intimidated because we are about to finish the struggle,” said Mawarire.
“Concerning the presence of the armed police you are telling me about, yes we are having a rally at the weekend in Bindura and the police knew about it more than a month ago when we started planning for it, hence also the burning of the houses belonging to our supporters I have told you of.”