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Poor attendance hit anti-Mugabe demo

by Staff reporter
05 Apr 2017 at 10:52hrs | Views
Freedom square, venue of today's NeraZimbabwe feedback rally. Seeing the place is still empty at 10:27, what time does the meeting start?
Morgan Tsvangirai is not expected at the rally, as he is said to be in South Africa. Nelson Chamisa, who is the acting president of the Movement for Democratic Change is scheduled to address the rally, together with other opposition leaders from small parties.

Patson Dzamara, an activist and brother to abducted activist, Itai Dzamara says: "I am appalled by what I am seeing. I for one was out of the country, attending to some personal business. I was supposed to return to Zimbabwe tomorrow but I had to change my ticket and I came back today in order to attend the rally.

"The lack of co-ordination and poor attendance is disappointing. I am totally surprised that it seems as though Zimbabweans are not yet ready to cross over. I wonder what more incentive we need to face Mugabe's morbid regime head on. Elections are around the corner and Zimbabweans are still dilly dallying. At this rate we may not make it through."

The convener of the rally, Joelson Mugari, attributes the seemingly low turnout to hardships. He says people have no money for transport. He suggests in future opposition parties should give people a dollar each for transport

Mugari comes under attack from youths for the seemingly poor attendence

"Poor organising and lack of political strategy which links people's expectations such as livelihoods and electoral fights have not been managed the pre-rally mobilisation was poor and the face of many parties can't be felt: says an official who works in Morgan Tsvangirai," speaking to News24 strictly on condition is not named.

Source - online
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