Harare – The MDC Alliance will on Saturday go ahead with its planned 19th anniversary celebrations to be held at Gwanzura Stadium this Saturday following their successful securing of police clearance.
The Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance’s secretary general Douglas Mwonzora confirmed the development and revealed that they have extended invitations to other political parties, including Zanu PF.
“We have been cleared by the police, the letter of clearance is there, the MDC anniversary at long last is proceeding at Gwanzura stadium on Saturday the 27th of October. We have invited other Zimbabwean political parties including Zanu PF to our anniversary. A new Zimbabwe a new politics,” he wrote on his official twitter account.
Addressing journalists in Harare recently, MDC alliance president Nelson Chamisa had accused the police of hiding behind cholera to ban the event.
“We have also seen Zanu PF masquerading as police and continue to hide behind cholera (outbreak).They are thanking cholera for helping Zanu Pf to ban our activities under the guise of cholera being a problem in the country but yet soccer matches are continuing, weddings are continuing, Mnangagwa had a graduation ceremony so this weekend we have said whether the police indicate that they are not willing to proceed with our meeting or not we will have to do everything that is necessary to proceed with that meeting,” he said then.
The MDC Alliance had called off the 19th-anniversary celebrations after public gatherings were banned due to the outbreak of cholera in Harare.
The celebration were meant to coincide with the “inauguration” of Nelson Chamisa as the ‘people’s president.’
Should Chamisa go ahead and take the symbolic oath on Saturday, he will join the ranks of Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga and Uganda’s Kizza Besigye.
However, the legality of such actions might bring negative consequences on him.
The government had declared a state of emergency in Harare after a cholera outbreak after at least 3000 cases had been detected.
The event will mark the first time Chamisa will address a gathering of the MDC Alliance faithful after the July elections.