Tsvangirai to address rally in the UK

By Tichaona Sibanda
11 June 2007

MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai is scheduled to address a rally in central London on the 23rd June and will be accompanied by a number of senior party officials, Newsreel learned on Monday.

Initially Tsvangirai was due to have held the rally on the 12th May but it was postponed at the last minute due to the death of national party chairman Isaac Matongo.

Jaison Matewu, the MDC-UK’s organising secretary, told us it has now been confirmed that Tsvangirai will be in London next week for a number of engagements and will cap off his tour with a star rally in Camden, central London on a Saturday.

Leaders of the Christian Alliance will also be travelling with Tsvangirai and it is believed they will also meet with Zimbabweans living in exile in the UK.

‘We are urging all Zimbabweans in the UK to attend the rally. This is their opportunity to interact and exchange views and ideas with the leadership of the party. The Christian Alliance delegation is also expected to be in attendance and this will give many people the chance to hear the church’s role in trying to resolve the crisis back home,’ Matewu said.

In the last three months there has been an increased crackdown on the opposition. Over 600 opposition supporters have been abducted and tortured by government agents since March this year.

As the level of repression and violence against MDC supporters escalated the Southern African Development Community (SADC) appointed South African President Thabo Mbeki to mediate in the crisis. But an overwhelming number of Zimbabweans have indicated they have no faith in the process.

‘As I have said, if people want the latest update on the mediation talks they should come to the rally and hear the President because he will be having the latest news on the talks and the crackdown on fellow colleagues in Zimbabwe,’ Matewu said.


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