There was drama in the dead of the night as Douglas Mwonzora abandoned people he had promised to pay US$10 to attend his rally held at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare yesterday.
Scores of people were left stranded at Morgan Tsvangirai House (formerly Harvest House) in Harare as they waited for the opposition party to meet its end of the bargain. Vocal government critic and journalist Hopewell Chin’ono reported that these people were promised US$10 each if they attended Mwonzora’s rally.
The “paid” supporters were bussed from all over Zimbabwe to attend the rally. The operators of the buses which were also parked at Morgan Tsvangirai House, were also not paid for bussing the party’s “supporters”.
Local publication, NewsHawks, passed through the MDC-T Headquarters just after midnight and saw the supporters still stranded, waiting in vain for Mwonzora’s officials to come and pay them their dues.
Douglas Mwonzora has been accused of conniving with the ruling ZANU PF to destroy Nelson Chamisa’s Citizens’ Coalition for Change, which has been on a high-riding by-elections campaign trail.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono revealed that before the rally, ZANU PF and the MDC-T had a meeting, and the former agreed to provide buses and supporters to attend Mwonzora’s rally.