Zim bookshop raided over Tsvangirai book

2012-01-21 18:38

Harare - A bookshop owner in the resort town of Victoria Falls has been arrested for selling Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's new autobiography, the premier's party said on Saturday.

Police raided Rosepet Bookshop on Tuesday and confiscated 10 copies of the book, At the Deep End, the Movement for Democratic Change said.

"At the police station, the police had planted some subversive material, red cards and small MDC flags inside all 10 books," the party said.

Red is the MDC's trademark colour, and red cards are used at rallies to call for the removal of long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.

Subversive materials

"One of the subversive materials has a list of 11 Zanu-PF officials, including President Mugabe, which claims that they should be eliminated," the MDC statement added.

Sinekiwe Matore, the shop's owner, was arrested, it said.

Police declined to comment on the case.

Tsvangirai and Mugabe formed a unity government nearly three years ago, following failed elections in 2008.

The country erupted in violence when Tsvangirai won the first round of the presidential vote, with rights groups estimating that 200 of his supporters were killed. He pulled out of the run-off in hopes of stemming the violence.

Despite the unity government, Tsvangirai's supporters - including top ministers - are routinely arrested and attacked.

The unity government is meant to oversee the drafting of a new constitution that will lead to fresh elections, but the process is running nearly two years behind schedule.

  • chris.piro2 - 2012-01-21 19:03

    it is shame to Robert Mugabe after a long period of time in parliament , as a freedom fighter and the liberator of Zimbabwe but still carry on to destroy his own Zimbabwe like this .

      TheWatcher - 2012-01-22 09:21

      the only difference between them and the ANC is that the ANC changes leaders every so often. Its not about the people, that's just the excuse, its about the power and the moeny.

  • Alan - 2012-01-21 19:08

    Tsvangirai must be mad to be in bed with Mugabe. Makes him look opportunist and gives Mugabe the faintest bit of respectability.

      frank.hartry - 2012-01-22 10:38

      Tsvangarai and his MDC ministers are living the high life similar to our ANC cronies. Free housing, expensive cars, hordes of bodyguards, luxurious spending all while the people starve. Thats why the MDC has no desire to have elections. The MDC and ZANUPF has ofcourse no mandate from to govern. Not even Mbeki or Zuma ever consulted the people about anything.

  • Anthony - 2012-01-21 19:20

    I don't write this post, to say something negative about Robert Mugabe, as most decent people in this world know, he is a criminal scumbag. For instance, this is the man who is responsible, that thousands, if not tens of thousands, of mothers, left their own children, in the care of relatives, and than crawled under barbed wire to get into SA, so to be able to earn some money, to keep their loved ones at home, ALIVE!!!!! This same man, is responsible, that ones a world class education and health care system has collapsed, and that now Zimbabwean teachers and doctors clean houses in Johannesburg Northern suburbs. This past Thursday I spend one day in Harare. I had not been there for seven years. My friends had warned me that I would be shocked to see the state of this capital city. So I was prepared.........but not to the extend, how Harare is today. It's chaos, it's dirty, actually it's filthy, the rubbish is piled up along the streets, and hardly anything works any longer. I went to an office at Home Affairs, where three senior employees were working, behind computers, but in a dark space,with not even a light fitting. But the worst experience of my stay, was when I checked out of my hotel, the receptionist "begged" me , to look for a job for him in SA, He was busy telling me how bad things had got, when a few men walked in the lobby, probably some other hotel guests, and than this receptionist, started wispering...... THAT IS TYRANNY !!!!!!

  • Anthony - 2012-01-21 19:28

    As I said, i did not write the above post to show my anger against Mugabe. I wrote this, to the many, who post comments on this site, in praise of this TYRANT. You should hang your heads in shame !!!!! For me the Zimbabweans are the greatest people of Africa. Many who still managed to get a good education, a very decent people, and hard working, like few in Africa, including SA. That a powerful country like SA, has allowed these criminal thugs to do this to a nation and its people, is beyond believe !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-21 20:03

      The sad part is, we are on our way to the same state here in this very country, if something drastically does not happen soon. And I agree with you. The Zim guys here in South Africa are in general very respectfull, educated and yes, they are hard working!! I am a contractor and I must say, I still have to come accross a Zim guy that is lazy or unwilling to give his absolute best. My daughter has a nanny for her baby boy in the form of a Zimbabian mamma, and believe me she is trustworthy and an absolute bargain with the baby. Robert Mugabe has the cream of Adfrica to work with and he messes up everthing because of greed and absolute ignorance.

      Juan - 2012-01-22 03:12

      Well you can praize our wonderfull government for their "quiet diplomacy" strategy with Zimbabwe. What's required is a NATO vs. Gadaffi like strategy to get rid of Bob and his sidekicks once and for all. Let his people execute him in the village square

  • Tendai - 2012-01-21 20:13

    Its a pity that the the Zim Govt and its dinosaur is ruling against the masses instead of leading masses, this is jus one of the few recorded cases, otherwise many are swept under the carpet, with innocent pple disappearing without a trace and being butchered in the dark corners of Zim.Many who raise their voices gets their heads crushed before they make an impact.May the Lord Help this nation.

  • Ronald - 2012-01-21 20:49

    I am so tired of hearing these stories, with the Zimbabwe people doing nothing to improve their own lives. I know that I will be castigated for what follows, but here goes. After 32 years of so called democracy, the problems should now be their own. Close the borders so that the people do not have the option of work and sustenance elsewhere, so that they will be forced to sort their own problems out. Perhaps then the Zim people will revolt to the same degree as they did against the white regime. Only when they prove that they want to help themselves should others start helping them. I hold the same view with the Israel/ Palestine situation, as I think we will be left to sort out our own problems if the sh@t should hit the fan in SA.

      Henri James Christie - 2012-01-21 22:15


  • Heinrich - 2012-01-21 21:06

    I remember when this guy George Dubya visited S.A. At a news conference the question of Zimbabwe came up. There was another guy called Thabo Mbeki standing next to George Dubya. This Thabo oke said that the problem will be solved by December of that year. When some journalist persisted a bit, George pointed to Thabo and said: " He is working the issue. He is working the issue. I have full confidence that the matter will be resolved soon" Or something to that effect. Since then the situation has only deteriorated. ANC officials in many ways and on numerous occasions openly showed their support for this Mugabe parasite and his Zanu PF party. The ANC revels in the oppression of people and in the power and luxury which public office brings. They admire Mugabe. They even waxed lyrical about Gadhaffi. Thabo Mbeki in the meantime still rides the wave of ANC greed and corruption and lives a life of luxury. A reward for doing nothing to alleviate the plight of the people in Zimbabwe or South Africa. The ANC are quick to claim credit for "liberating" South Africa but by now it should be abundantly clear to any normal citizen that their aim was not " a better life for all". This was just a slogan on the world stage to garner support. The aim was just to get the hands on those slot machine levers. I think South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Lesotho should become one country, free of political parties and other leeches. We can show the world a new kind of freedom and democracy.

  • Piston - 2012-01-22 07:52

    Black culture tribal tyrany...will always come to the fore....after promises of unity and democracy for all.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-22 09:14

      I don't think culture comes into the equation. Greed is embedded in human nature. As long as the system allows public office to be seen as a gateway to personal riches and elevated status, this will continue. What is needed is a systemic change. Governments should adopt a position of servitude towards society and officialdom should consist of trained managers. Government is really nothing more than management, but most try to see it as something above the people. Something like royalty. VIP. Celebrities. Nope. Just a job. And the employer, the 'boss', is the people.

  • pws69 - 2012-01-22 08:21

    Zimbabweans have done nothing to change the status in their country. 20,000 killed by the North Korea trained and controlled brigade, and they do nothing. 700,000 forcibly removed by ZanuPF because they supported MDC, and they do nothing. If this had happened under the NATS pre 1994 in South Africa, the world outrage would have resulted in NATO action, but since it is a black man doing it to blacks, nothing is done. Zimbos, you are on your own. Time to put up or shut up.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-01-22 10:32

    Its like the coming to power of the Nazis in the early 1930s. Hitler youth thugs built bonfires and burnt books by Einstein and other great Jewish writings. The problem in Zimbabwe is that like the ANC in South Africa, ZANUPF were the only liberators of their respective countries from colonialism and apartheid. There is no recognition of others who made equal contributions. Like the ANC, the ZANUPF is being led by poor leadership. However the coalition interim government in Zimbabwe has no mandate from the people and like the ANC, the leaders are merely enriching themselves whilst the people starve.

  • Benmica - 2012-01-22 10:36

    Go with a pig and you get mud in your face...

  • Benmica - 2012-01-22 10:37

    ZANU PF GOVERNMENT LEADERS IN ZIMBABWE are wicked and evil that is why they are making Zimbabweans suffer. Tens of thousands of Zimbabweans have been murdered by ZANU PF from 1980 to present. Thousands of opposition women have been raped by ZANU PF militias. Thousands of opposition officials, individuals have been tortured. The solution is to get rid of Mugabe and his ZANU PF cronies. Zimbabweans let us not be AFRAID it’s our time to rise up God is on our side: Psalm 17:13 Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword. Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers? Psalm 94:16 Foundation of Reason & Justice Fax 0027 86 5585 405

  • Hermann - 2012-01-22 10:51

    So much for the African solution to an African problem.

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