Some Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) supporters were stopped by police in Masvingo on their way to a victory rally at Mucheke Stadium on Sunday.
Later, the supporters, who were said to be coming from Mashava and Zhishavane, were let go and were able to go to the rally, where party leader Nelson Chamisa spoke.
Martin Mureri, a human rights lawyer who is representing the group, said that the supporters were let go, but their cars were still taken away.
“They (the police) have since let the people go, but their cars are still being held. We’re going to talk to them later to find out what the charge was, but I’ve been told it has something to do with allegedly breaking COVID-19 rules,” Mureri said.
Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa, a spokesman for the police in Masvingo, couldn’t say anything because his cell phone wasn’t working at the time this article was written.
Thousands of people gathered at Mucheke, and there were a lot of police in the city centre and residential areas of the old city.
Chamisa was supposed to speak to his supporters at a CCC meeting in Chipinge on Saturday, but police stopped it.
— Gift Ostallos Siziba (@Cde_Ostallos) August 14, 2022