Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change said on Tuesday that it has discovered a plot by state security and two top ZANU-PF ministers to plant incriminating documents in Mr. Tsvangirai's office, then arrest him and others.
Mr Tsvangirai’s spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, said the documents were intended to be “discovered” in a raid on the prime minister’s Charter House and Harvest House party offices and used to prosecute him and other senior members of his party.
But some skeptical observers said the MDC story could be a ploy to divert attention from the prime minister’s high-profile woes to do with a betrothal gone awry.
Spokesman Tamborinyoka told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that ZANU-PF was mounting the scheme to provide an excuse to pull out of the nearly three-year-old national unity government and call for early elections without putting reforms in place.
Independent political analyst Charles Mutasa said it was hard to dismiss the allegations considering previous political experiences in Zimbabwe ahead of elections.