Tsvangirai book sellers released on bail

The owners of a bookshop in Victoria Falls, arrested last week for selling the Prime Minister’s memoirs, have been released on bail.

Morgan Tsvangirai
Morgan Tsvangirai

Sinikiwe Mutore and Mlamuli Mabhena, who own the Rosepet Bookshop, were arrested for selling the book, titled: “At the Deep End”. Last week, the police raided the bookshop and confiscated all the 10 books in stock, which they took the police station before asking Matore and Mabhena to produce invoices showing how they had purchased the books.

The receipts produced showed that the books had been purchased at a bookshop in Harare, but in spite of the proof, one police officer, who identified himself as Officer Shiri from the Law and Order Section, went on to arrest Matore, while Mabhena handed himself to the police on Sunday.

The MDC-T said that the police “planted some subversive material and red cards and small MDC flags inside all the 10 books.”

“One of the subversive materials has a list of 11 ZANU PF officials including Robert Mugabe claiming that they should be eliminated,” the MDC-T said.

The State then made a u-turn in court on Monday claiming that the two should not have been arrested but instead the company should have been brought to court to answer charges of ‘undermining the authority of the President’, Robert Mugabe

Magistrate Archibald Dingana then postponed to matter to 23 March 2012 when Mutore will appear in court representing Rosepet Bookshop as its managing director.

According the MDC-T, there are reports, indicating that the police “have gone on a crackdown on President Tsvangirai’s book after it was successfully sold across the country and outside Zimbabwe.”

Bookshops in Harare that are selling the copies are apparently being asked by the police to show receipts of where they purchased the books from. – SW Radio Africa News

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