Cops arrest 2 more of Tsvangirai's aides

2013-03-21 14:11

Cape Town – Zimbabwe prime minister's party says police have arrested two more members of his staff, bringing to six the number detained since Sunday.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said in a statement that the prime minister was taking attacks on his office as an "affront to democracy and to the rule of law".

"It is an attack not only on the members of staff but also on the institution of the Office of the prime minister," read the statement.

A Zimbabwean magistrate on Wednesday denied bail to Tsvangirai’s four aides and their lawyer, whose arrests marred a constitutional referendum last weekend.

The judge said the staffers were facing serious charges including breaching state secrets laws, and therefore, did not qualify for bail.

Tsvangirai has since appraised SADC of the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe as the country prepares for general elections.

"The prime minister is [however] aware that these are unnecessary distractions that will dismally fail to divert our attention from the democratic agenda of delivering a new Zimbabwe," said the statement.

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2013-03-21 14:38

    Even if mugabe die Zimbabwe will never be free as his caders will always intimedate the opposition. The same will happen in SA. The ANC will keep on with their intimedation to stay in power!!!!

      nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-03-21 17:23

      Like i say Mnr Pettie..its Mugabe ,Zuma and Hittler ..u either follow this evil men or u die.

      nicholus.nakanyane - 2013-03-21 17:24

      Like i say Mnr Nettie..its Mugabe ,Zuma and Hittler ..u either follow this evil men or u die.

      Croix Mactee - 2013-03-21 20:33

      But Australia thinks it's ok to lift sanctions on certain zimbos. Now I wonder what really prompted that? Could it be pure greed?

      Gollum - 2013-03-22 06:51

      Bob's actions are simply a product of the SADC's (and SA's in particular) silent diplomacy. How long will it take News24 to delete my comment this time?

  • Joe Black - 2013-03-21 15:06

    Here Bob goes again.

  • Chibuli - 2013-03-21 15:15

    It's called "African Politics".

  • FeebleGastro - 2013-03-21 15:24

    That's how they roll in Africa. . . . . . South Africa is part of Africa... Coming your way, courtesy of Zoomster & co.

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-21 16:55

    Mugabe is a radical dictator! until he is dead no change?

      Simba Mhlanga - 2013-03-21 19:28

      Being a -radical dictator,mugabe will be removed by death not by votes

  • Don Mug - 2013-03-21 18:13


  • Moris Sboniso - 2013-03-21 21:44

    inyoka yinyoka ngeke yashintsha yaba yinhlanzi langelinye ilanga yilapho u umgabe agijima khona Gugurawundi still on war

  • Quartus van Zyl - 2013-03-22 06:49

    A clear indication of how fair and open the elections will be

  • john.stoltz.904 - 2013-03-22 11:13

    Khuluza, I trust you speak from Harare, or are you also one to reap the fruits of the RSA because back home Mad Mugabe has caused your economy to implode ? Mugabe will never accept any election result that does not favour him ! It is called "Africa Democracy" !

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