Vic Falls bookshop owner arrested

Police in Victoria Falls today arrested a bookshop owner, Sinekiwe Matore for selling the President Tsvangirai’s book, At the Deep at End at her shop.

Matore is the owner of Rosepet Bookshop in central Victoria Falls Town. The police officers are also looking for Matore’s business partner, Mlamuli Mabhena.

On 17 January 2012, the police raided the bookshop and confiscated all the 10 books in stock, which they took to the police station before asking Matore and Mabhena to produce invoices showing how they had purchased the books.

The receipts produced showed the books had been purchased at a bookshop in Harare.

However, today, Friday, one police officer who identified himself as Officer Shiri from the Law and Order Section went to Rosepet and arrested Matore.

The MDC alleges that at the police station, the police had planted some subversive material, 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 which claims that they should be eliminated.

“The Victoria Falls police are now desperate to place false charges against the two bookshop owners by the planting seditious material in order take them to court,” says an MDC statement.

Last year, senior officials at MDC headquarters, unearthed a plot by state security agents to plant incriminating evidence at the party offices, the Prime Minister’s offices and his residence in order to arrest several senior party officials.

At the Deep End is an autobiography of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and was officially launched last December. At its launch at Harare’s Book Café, At the Deep End sold 235 copies within two hours.

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