Harare – State security agents have prevented MDC leader Nelson Chamisa from entering the National Sports Stadium where a tribute show is being held for the late Oliver Mtukudzi, the party’s secretary general Douglas Mwonzora has said.
Writing on the Twitter microblogging platform, Mwonzora said efforts to plead with government ministers present were unsuccessful.
The decision by state agents to bar @nelsonchamisa from entering the National Sports Stadium is cowardly and totally unacceptable. Although Hon Zwizwai and myself tried to remonstrate with the government ministers present it was to no avail.Loading...
— Douglas Mwonzora (@DMwonzora) January 26, 2019
Mwonzora said the ministers referenced in his tweet were Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi and deputy minister Home Affairs Mike Madiro.
“We were already inside with other MDC officials. After we learnt that he (Chamisa) was being barred at one of the gates, we confronted the two ministers. They told us they had discussed with security and they would allow him in. But when our security people went to the gate it had been locked and the people manning it had gone away,” Mwonzora said via telephone.
“We view this as totally unacceptable and cowardly. It is a very surprising attitude given the fact that they always say such national events are open while in reality they always try to make the events partisan. Perhaps they did not want the crowd to see our leader.”
Government spokesman Nick Mangwana told I Zim the instruction to bar Chamisa did not come from the authorities.
“I will get a comment from minister Ziyambi Ziyambi who was there but it is not something that has been done at the instruction of government but possibly by individuals manning the gates. But I have not confirmed the event itself so I cannot say much although I did receive a call from Mwonzora to that effect.”