The Zimbabwe Republic Police in Harare has refused to sanction a march by the MDC planned for February 14 in honour of its late founding president Morgan Tsvangirai.
The late Tsvangirai passed away on February 14 in 2018 after a long battle with colon cancer.
An MDC official who spoke to Newsday said that the march was being organised by elements within the party who after a confrontation with the government:
Some want to continue with a confrontation with the government, but others want a more level-headed and pragmatic approach, which probably is what Tsvangirai would have wanted. The idea of proposing a march is basically by those who want to stoke tensions, which is wrong.
Tsvangirai wanted a united country and in his last days, advocated for an end to the crisis than to seek and perpetuate it for selfish reasons. The family is not happy with the idea of using Tsvangirai’s name to further political ends.
MDC Alliance national spokesperson Jacob Mafume confirmed that the police verbally refused to sanction the march. Said Mafume:
Police have verbally indicated to us that they will not approve the march. We will wait for their written communication before we decide on the course of action or exercise our rights.