Zanu-PF youth plan march at same time as MDC

Young people from the ruling Zanu-PF announced they too will hold a march for peaceful polls in central Harare at the same time as the MDC.

FILE: Supporters attend a Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface rally in Bulawayo on 4 November 2017. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Young people from Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu-PF have called for a march in Harare on Tuesday at exactly the same time as the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and its allies plan to hold a protest.

The opposition says it’s holding its protest to press for reforms ahead of polls in July.

The police have given the MDC the go-ahead for Tuesday's march; something that would have been unthinkable ahead of other elections in Zimbabwe.

The opposition wants to hand over its list of grievances to the electoral commission, chiefly about the voters’ roll.

But not to be outdone, young people from the ruling Zanu-PF announced they too will hold a march for peaceful polls in central Harare at the same time as the MDC.

Many see that as a provocative move.

Having these two political rivals marching at the same time has raised fears of possible clashes; something Zimbabwe watchers had hoped they’d seen the last of.