OPPOSITION MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai returned to his Harvest House offices in Harare on Thursday morning to a rousing welcome from scores of his supporters, who later fought running battles with anti-riot police who tried to disperse them.
This was Tsvangirai’s first public appearance after revealing he had colon cancer and was being treated in South Africa.
A fit–looking Tsvangirai made a brief address outside the party headquarters where he urged his party supporters to continue with the fight against the regime of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, adding that he was ready to lead again before going into a meeting.
The police virtually besieged the opposition party’s headquarters, blocking part of Nelson Mandela Avenue between First Street and Angwa Avenue with two water cannons and four truckloads of anti-riot police in full gear.
The supporters chanted anti-Mugabe and first lady Grace Mugabe slogans in front of the police, which seemed to rile law enforcement agents who then moved in to disperse the supporters.
Some shops along the streets, including OK First Street, had to close briefly, fearing the situation could degenerate into chaos.
MDC-T spokesperson, Obert Gutu, said the party’s supporters were just happy to see their president back in good health and good spirits and were celebrating.
“It was not a demonstration, but just a peaceful expression of joy, but then the police decided to come and disturb the peace,” he said adding that he had not received any reports of any party member who had been arrested in the melee. Tsvangirai returned home last week from South Africa where he had been receiving treatment for colon cancer. – ANA