Prison guards support MDC: Madzore

BULAWAYO - Almost all prison guards at Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison support Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC, a party youth leader has said.

MDC Youth Assembly chairperson Solomon Madzore said his year-plus incarceration in the D-Section at the state dungeon showed that the majority of prison officers were MDC backers.

He also claimed there was overwhelming support for the MDC from the rank-and-file of the army.

“I can also assure you that we have a lot support in the military and among prison officers,” Madzore told the Bulawayo Press Club on Saturday.

“Even at Chikurubi almost every prison guard is behind us, they are tired of Mugabe.

“We also have much support in the military especially from junior officers.”

With the level of support enjoyed by Tsvangirai in quasi-military institutions, he had no doubt the PM will be the next President of Zimbabwe.

“Our leader Morgan Tsvangirai will be walking into the State House next year and there is no doubt about that,” Madzore said. “Actually it won’t be a landslide victory for us, but an ocean slide victory.”

He said while he spent 13 months in Chikurubi, Zimbabweans were languishing in a prison he alleged was created by Mugabe.

“I have been released from Chikurubi which is a smaller prison but I now feel like I am in a bigger prison with other ordinary Zimbabweans,” he said.

“Mugabe has turned Zimbabwe into a prison and it’s time for him to go.”

He said Zimbabweans have suffered enough under Mugabe and the economy was now a basket case.

Madzore, accompanied by his wife Charity, his secretary-general Promise Mkwananzi and spokesperson Clifford Hlatshwayo, had caused quite a scene in the Bulawayo city centre earlier.  

His team led a massive convoy, hooting in the CBD and bringing business to a temporary halt.

He also addressed MDC youths at Nketa Hall where he thanked everyone for launching the “Free Solomon Madzore Campaign” during his detention.

He said he is not bitter for being jailed for more than a year, adding his resolve had been strengthened.

“We should understand that there is no way the Mugabe regime can just allow us to walk into the State House, we have to suffer for it,” he said.

He said more youths should be allowed to contest legislative and municipal seats in the next elections.

“Vote buying in the party is not tolerated and should stop, the spirit of fighting should also stop,” he said.

Madzore was elected as the MDC youth president in March last year.

He was arrested in October last year and was released on bail on November 14, this month.

He is charged with the murder of police inspector Petros Mutedza in Harare’s Glen View suburb on March 29 last year, but denies the charge.

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