MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai was yesterday forced to cancel a star rally scheduled for Mount Darwin Centre in the wake of a low turnout at his Rushinga outing.
Pictures of vendors scurrying away upon seeing the Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s face in Madziwa have since been published on the internet.
Tsvangirai was coming from Rushing enroute to Bindura when he and his entourage decided to have an impromptu meet and greet that left him with egg on his face.
A visibly miffed Mr Tsvangirai took a swipe at the people of Mashonaland Central, accusing them of cowardice for snubbing his rallies.
He blamed the poor attendance of his rally at Rushinga, held in the heart of the shopping centre, to alleged intimidation by Zanu-PF. However, Mashonaland Central is a known Zanu-PF stronghold whose revolutionary roots date back to the liberation struggle as it was one of the provinces that bore the brunt of the war as the bones at Chibondo, remnants of Rhodesian brutality, show.
Addressing about 100 people who turned up for his star rally in Rushinga, the MDC-T leader likened people in Mashonaland Central to puppies that were still to open their eyes.
“Kutya zvakadai? Munoda kurutsiswa imi. Kuno kuRushinga vanhu vava kuita kunge zvimbwanana zvakavharwa maziso zvisati zvavona shanduko,” an irate Mr Tsvangirai said.
Mr Tsvangirai said Zimbabwe would slide back to the heightened economic challenges of 2008 if Zimbabweans snubbed him at the polls.
Mr Tsvangirai, who was accompanied by MDC-T organising secretary Mr Nelson Chamisa, Mr Elton Mangoma and Mr Murisi Zwizwai, went on to accuse Zanu-PF of blocking people from registering to vote. He claimed in Harare alone over a million voters were denied the right to register to vote.
Mr Tsvangirai was scheduled to visit Mount Darwin Centre, according to his official itinerary, but annoyed by the poor attendance of his Rushinga rally, he instead headed for Bindura.