It appeared to be the latest move in a crisis now spiralling out of control in the GNU, a unity adminstration formed between PM Morgan Tsvangirai and longtime ruler Robert Mugabe after disputed elections two years ago. Tsvangirai has said he now wants a “divorce” because the situation was now untenable. One of his top party allies, Elton Mangoma, the deputy
treasurer general was arrested for the second time on Friday for alleged corruption and has been indicted in trial to July while languishes in jail in the meantime.
Several other MDC legislators have been arrested in recent weeks, with Gokwe Kabuyuni MP Costin Muguti’s health condition said to have took a turn for the worse and could die in custody. More MDC legislators were reportedly on the police wanted list and include Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe, the MDC Home Affairs minister Theresa Makone, ousted Speaker of House of Assembly Lovemore Moyo and Glen View MP Paul Madzore who are all said to be in hiding.
The planned arrests are said to be aimed at slashing MDC voting numbers ahead of the Speaker vote now Tuesday. This is the second raid on the MDC HQ in as many weeks.
Three weeks ago, about 30 police details again “besieged” the offices and arrested a youth leader and two security guards. They were alleged to have masterminded the attack on a Zanu PF district chairman. It remains unclear what police were looking for at the MDC HQ. Chamisa said MDC legislators had become “target for harassment” by the police. MDC secretary general Tendai Biti said his party was concerned by the upsurge in violence and kidnappings that are taking place across the country.
Democracy is under seige,” Biti said. “Certain cabals in Zanu PF cockpit want to push for an early election by collapsing the inclusive government and the Parliament. They have a myopic hope that violence will rule the roost as in June 2008.
Meanwhile Tsvangirai met with SADC-appointed mediator President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria Saturday to sound him out on the escalating crisis, according to the PM’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka. He is heading to Namibia, DRC and then Tanzania in a diplomatic offensive ahead of the crucial SADC Troika summit slated for March 31.Post published in: News