CCC Epworth Rally Banned as Zimbabwe’s Opposition Rule Out Khupe

Zimbabwe's Opposition, CCC Rule Out Khupe (News Central TV).

Officer Commanding Police, Harare East District, Chief Superintendent Muzivi said the ZRP has no manpower to provide security for the CCC rally scheduled for March 24, 2022. This was contained in a letter dated March 22, 2022, and addressed to the party coordinator Patrick Moyo.

“I acknowledge receipt of your notification letter dated 21 March 2022… whereby you intend to hold a Public Political Gathering at Olympic Stadium, Epworth, Harare, on the 24th of March 2022 from 1100 hours to 1600 hours.

“However, your meeting has not been sanctioned for security reasons. We have no adequate manpower to cover the meeting. Our manpower has already been deployed to various polling stations in preparation for by-elections slated for Saturday 26 March 2022,” read Chief Superintendent Muzivi’s letter

This is the fifth time that the Nelson Chamisa-led CCC rally has been prohibited by the police since the beginning of the by-election rallies.

In an unrelated case, the Bulawayo provincial leadership of Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has rejected former MDC-T vice president Thokozani Khupe and likened her to Morrison Nyathi, a former ZANLA commander who became a traitor during the liberation struggle.

Nyathi, also known as Maurice Nyathi and Livison Mutasa was a ZANLA double agent who led Rhodesian Selous Scouts to attack a ZANLA camp at Nyadzonia in Mozambique, killing hundreds of Zimbabwean refugees.

Khupe on Monday announced that she will support CCC candidates in the weekend by-elections. However, CCC Bulawayo spokesperson Swithern Chirowodza said party structures did not trust Khupe due to her association with President Emmerson Mnangagwa when she was MDC-T interim leader. Said Chirowodza:

Former MDC-T vice president Thokozani Khupe

“If ZANLA freedom fighters did not accommodate Morrison Nyathi who was accused of selling out the liberation struggle, why should CCC entertain Khupe?

There is no need for a diplomatic talk with an enemy. We will call a spade a spade.

Zulu king Tshaka, a victorious military general, taught his warriors never to forgive an injured enemy lest the enemy heals, gathers courage and jumps to slit your throat.

We are Bulawayo, the headquarters of Matabeleland. We will not accept to be led by a person who run Mnangagwa’s schemes.

The ink has not dried on the paper on which she wrote to two senators in the United States pleading with them to lift sanctions.

This is the same Mnangagwa who was the State Security minister during the Gukurahundi era.

This is the same Mnangagwa who was commander-in-chief of the army (Zimbabwe Defence Forces) that shot and killed six Zimbabweans on August 1, 2018.

We will not drink with Khupe. She is political poison,” Chirowodza said.

Comrade Khupe was recently seen posing for pictures with CCC interim vice-president Welshman Ncube and member Abednico Bhebhe. Her decision to rally behind Chamisa came a few months after she was fired from MDC-T by Douglas Mwonzora.

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