3 ministers arrested

July 12, 2011 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

HARARE – Three Cabinet ministers, Welshman Ncube, Moses Mzila-Ndlovu and
Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and several officials from the smaller MDC
faction were arrested in Hwange yesterday as the crackdown against Zanu PF
opponents intensifies.

They were later released without charge after being detained for more than
three hours. The development is likely to shake the foundations of the
inclusive government.

Sadc, the guarantors to the Global Political Agreement (GPA) will also be
stunned, two months after the regional grouping warned President Robert
Mugabe against selective application of the law and arbitrary arrest of

Ncube and his delegation were returning from Victoria Falls.

The arrest of the three ministers and the threat to arrest Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai has sent shockwaves in the inclusive government, a few
weeks away from the Sadc summit in Angola which will deal with the political
crisis in Zimbabwe.

The party’s spokesperson, Nhlanhla Ndebele confirmed the development late
yesterday evening and said they were being held at Hwange Police Station.

“They are claiming that we breached Posa by conducting an illegal rally in
Victoria Falls. We are still at Hwange Police Station,” said Ndebele before
their release yesterday evening.

National police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena was not available for comment
at the time of going to press yesterday.

Last month, Jameson Timba, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s
Office was arrested for “undermining” the president.

Only ministers from the MDC formations have been arrested since the advent
of the inclusive government in 2009.

In Zimbabwe, ministers can only be arrested with the consent of the
president but it could not be established yesterday if he had authorised the
latest arrests.


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