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Zimbabwe Police Arrest Two More Staffers in Tsvangirai's Office

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office says police Thursday arrested two more staffers from the Movement for Democratic Change leader’s communications office, bringing to six the number detained since Sunday.

Prime Minister Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said the arrest of the two, caretakers Spiwe Vera and Elizabeth Banda, is an attack on Mr. Tsvangirai’s office and an affront to democracy and the rule of law.

Attorney Dzimbabwe Chimbga, representing the two, said they were taken to the Law and Section at Harare Central Police Station and had not been charged at the time going on air.

He said the case could be linkted to Thabani Mpofu, Felix Matsinde, Mehluli Tshuma and Anna Muzvidziwa ,who were arrested on Sunday and charged with impersonating police officers.

They are alleged to have compiled a dosier to discredit the nation’s judicial officers for allegedly not prosecuting corrupt officials within the government.

The four were arrested alongside former Harare MDC-T councillor Warship Dumba and top human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.

MDC-T national youth chairman Promise Mkwananzi said the intimidation of Mr. Tsvangirai’s workers is typical of Zanu-PF behaviour, especially with national elections expected sometime this year.

Political commentator and Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director, Pedzisayi Ruhanya says worse is yet to come as Zimbabwe heads for elections.
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Ruhanya said Mr. Tsvangirai must confront President Robert Mugabe and tell him that the message of peace he is preaching is not in line with what is happening on the ground.

Mr. Tsvangirai this Wednesday met the Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitation team to discuss the situation in the country as the nation prepares for elections following the adoption of the draft constitution this week.

Meanwhile, lawyers representing Mtetwa on Thursday filed a High Court bail application to seek her release. The matter has been set for Friday before Justice Joseph Musakwa.

Mtetwa, who was charged with obstructing justice, was denied bailed Wednesday by a magistrate’s court which said she was a flight risk.