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Mugabe bans Opposition rallies in Harare

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Mugabe bans Opposition rallies in Harare


Zimbabwe’s Opposition leader has been trying to get his message across despite mounting difficulties.

Morgan Tsvangirai is contesting the 27 June presidential run-off, but the authorities have now banned him from campaigning in the capital Harare.

It is unclear how long the ban, said to be due to security fears, will be in force, but it follows several periods of detention at police hands for the politician.

The ban also comes after Robert Mugabe’s government accused aid agencies of helping the opposition and stopped them from distributing food; instead the government will decide who gets the relief. It is a move the US says shows Mugabe is using food aid as a political weapon to get votes.

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