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Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai's Party Says No to Granting Gadhafi Asylum


MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said Zimbabwe has enough dictators on its hands in the person of former Ethiopian Derg leader Mengistu Haile Mariam, who was granted permanent residence in 2001

With Tripoli in the hands of the Libyan opposition, many international observers expect to see the overthrown leader Muammar Gadhafi soon in flight abroad seeking refuge in another country, most likely somewhere in Africa.

Reports have circulated that Zimbabwe is under consideration as the next home for Gadhafi, including one saying South Africa is brokering such a deal.

But South Africa is reported to have denied brokering any such deal.

Meanwhile, the MDC formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has declared it will block any efforts to extend political asylum to Gadhafi.

ZANU-PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo said he would only comment once circumstances in Libya were clearer.

The Zimbabwean Ministry of Foreign Affairs said there is no substance to reports saying Gadhafi might find refuge in the country.

“It’s all lies,” declared Joey Bimha, permanent secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry. “We are not in contact with anyone from Libya concerning Gadhafi. There is nothing to consider for him to come here.”

MDC spokesman Douglas Mwonzora said Zimbabwe has enough dictators on its hands in the person of former Ethiopian Derg leader Mengistu Haile Mariam, who was granted permanent residence in Zimbabwe in March 2001.

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