Zim's MDC delays 19th anniversary celebrations... again

2018-09-28 12:36
MDC rally in Harare. (Frank Chikowore, News24)

MDC rally in Harare. (Frank Chikowore, News24)

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Zimbabwe's opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party has again been forced to postpone its 19th anniversary celebration due to a cholera outbreak that has killed at least 45 people in the southern African country, according to a report.

Daily News quoted the party's organising secretary Amos Chibaya, as confirming the delay.

The MDC had planned to hold the celebrations on Saturday, September 29.

Chibaya said that the party celebrations had now been moved to a later date.

"The anniversary was cancelled due to the cholera outbreak. The police told us that we cannot go ahead with the celebrations because the ban has not yet been lifted. But we suspect that this is political.

"... To us, the regime seemingly fears what is going to happen if president [Nelson] Chamisa addresses the nation because they know that they did not win the election," Chibaya was quoted as saying.

Zimbabwe banned public gatherings in the capital Harare a few weeks ago, following the cholera outbreak which has left thousands of people ill.

An AFP report said the outbreak was first detected in the township of Glen View outside Harare, prompting the health ministry to declare an emergency in the city.

The ban came ahead of a planned rally early this month month by the opposition MDC party at which it was due to hold a mock presidential inauguration of Chamisa, who it claimed was denied victory in the July 30 election due to fraud.

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