Solomon Madzore, the MDC Youth Assembly chairperson this afternoon received a hero's welcome at the party headquarters, Harvest House where thousands of party supporters welcomed him.
Solomon was released from Chikurubi Security Maximum Prison where he spent the last 13 months because he was being denied bail by Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. Madzore was granted bail at the High Court yesterday where he is on trial with 28 other MDC members who are facing false charges of murdering a police officer in Glen View, Harare last year.
Business came to a standstill in central Harare as thousands of party supporters, city workers and shoppers joined the MDC leadership led by the Organising secretary, Hon. Nelson Chamisa and spokesperson Hon Douglas Mwonzora in welcoming Madzore.
Addressing the crowd outside Harvest House, Madzore urged the people of Zimbabwe to be unwavering in their fight for real change and a new Zimbabwe. "Do not be scared of arrest in your struggle for a better Zimbabwe. Life in prison is not death and I urge you to remain resolute in your struggle for real change," he said.
He took a swipe at Zanu PF's Patrick Chinamasa and Rugare Gumbo for issuing out hollow statements recently stating that there would be a revolt in the country with the impending victory of President Tsvangirai.
"As the MDC Youth Assembly, we are not worried about the statements made by Chinamasa and Gumbo. You will be either drunk, mad or both to make such an uninformed statement and believe that President Tsvangirai will not be the Head of State next year after the elections," said Madzore.
He thanked President Tsvangirai for steering the party and the country well. He also saluted the Youth Assembly deputy chairperson, Costa Machinguta for leading and maintaining discipline in the youths during this critical stage of the struggle to deliver real change in Zimbabwe.
He also gave credit to junior prison officers at Chikurubi prison for looking after him well. Madzore said the officers had urged him to send a message on their behalf to President Tsvangirai, that he should not forget about their welfare when the next government is formed.
In his welcoming speech to Madzore on behalf of the President, Hon. Chamisa said although Madzore had been freed, the party and the people of Zimbabwe were still concerned about the other 26 MDC members who are in remand prison.
He said Madzore had been arrested on behalf of the millions of Zimbabwe who believe in real change. "It is a sacrifice for a new Zimbabwe, real change and freedom. This time next year, the MDC is going to be the ruling party in this country," he added and received wild applause from the crowd.