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Zimbabwe Premier Tsvangirai's Party Calls Deliberations on Bennett Prosecution

  • Ntungamili Nkomo

Bennett's acquittal and an initial statement by Tomana saying he would accept the High Court decision nourished hopes among some in the Tsvangirai MDC that Bennett would at last be sworn into office

The leadership of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's formation of the Movement for Democratic Change was set to meet on the weekend to examine the situation of MDC Treasurer Roy Bennett, who is facing further legal uncertainties despite a High Court order early this week acquitting him on treason charges.

The MDC National Executive and National Council, meeting respectively on Saturday and Sunday, will also take stock of conditions in the wobbly power-sharing government in Harare.

Party sources said the national council was expected to issue tough resolutions on Bennett’s situation.

Attorney General Johannes Tomana moved quickly following the High Court decision to appeal the acquittal, and ZANU-PF hardliners are saying that there is no place in the government for Bennett.

President Robert Mugabe has refused since early 2009 to swear Bennett in as deputy agriculture minister. His acquittal and an initial statement by Tomana saying that the state would accept the High Court decision nourished hopes among some in the MDC that Bennett would at last be sworn into office.

Tsvangirai MDC spokesperson Thabitha Khumalo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Ntungamili Nkomo that the party will review its uneasy partnership in government with ZANU-PF, with the Bennett issue at the top of the agenda.

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