Zimbabwe

Zanu-PF calls for Tsvangirai's arrest - report

2014-04-01 16:13
Morgan Tsvangirai (AFP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party has reportedly called for the arrest of opposition Movement for Democratic Change party leader Morgan Tsvangirai over remarks he made at a rally on Saturday about President Robert Mugabe.

According to the Daily News, Tsvangirai told his supporters who gathered in Zhombe that Zimbabwe, whose economy was on a downward spiral, could not continue to be held captive by one man (Mugabe).

Tsvangirai said Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party were allowing the country to slide back to the economic crisis of 2008, a report by The Standard said.

"Dangerous" action

Tsvangirai said his party would soon mobilise Zimbabweans to take action.

In reaction to this, Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo called for the former prime minister's arrest, saying he was inciting rebellion against Mugabe.

"He [Tsvangirai] made subversive statements and the law must take its course," Gumbo was quoted as saying, adding that the opposition leader's call for mass action was "dangerous".

Mugabe, who has been leader of Zimbabwe since 1980, was declared winner of the July elections last year amid allegations of vote fraud by the MDC.

- News24

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