The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), Douglas Mwonzora, addressed few supporters than anticipated today when few people turned up for a meeting that was supposed to be held at Chinhoyi Hall, Mashonaland West.
Mwonzora told VOA Zimbabwe Service that he was not worried about the low turnout.
“There was a breakdown in communication regarding whether the meeting was cancelled or not and many people thought it was cancelled. We have been able to hold the meeting with the leadership of the province and the leadership of the district and we are very, very happy about the level of preparedness.
“One of the things that we were emphasizing on is the issue of election agents and I was bringing them the news that the provisions of the election agents have been met now and they have nothing to worry. All they have to do now is to give us the election agents. So, it was basically to do with logistics and we felt that it was not necessary in the view of the number of people who had come. It was not necessary to do that in a hall. We have come to councilor Nyambi’s homestead and we had that meeting.”
Mwonzora’s first star rally held in Harare recently was allegedly a big flop as few party supporters attended the event to kick-start the party’s by-election campaign.
Party spokesperson, Witness Dube, was unreachable for comment as he was not responding to his calls.
Zimbabwe will hold by-elections on March 26 following the recall of councillors and Members of Parliament by Mwonzora's MDC formation, which claimed that they had links with MDC Alliance once led by Nelson Chamisa.
About 130 council and parliamentary seats are up for grabs.