Tuesday, February 15, 2011
By: Our reporter
Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:43 am
ZIMBABWE'S Attorney-General Office intends is seeking the extradition of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) treasurer-general, Roy Bennett, to face contempt of court charges. Bennett is believed to be living in self-imposed exile in South Africa.
The politician could also lose his Senate seat for violating Parliamentary rules forbidding absenteeism for 21 consecutive days.
The AG’s Office last week revealed that Bennett faces contempt of court charges, and an extradition process was currently underway.
The former Chimanimani legislator is accused of saying, in media interviews, that Justice Bhunu was “totally compromised” in handling his case as a judge because he had been given a farm seized from a former white farmer as part of Zanu-PF’s “political patronage”.
The MDC-T over the weekend held a crisis meeting to map the way forward.
Should Bennett’s seat be declared vacant, he will become the second MDC-T lawmaker since 2000 to suffer that fate; the first being former Zengeza legislator, Tafadzwa Musekiwa, who lost his seat in 2003 after being absent from Parliament for 21 consecutive days.
Musekiwa absconded to the United Kingdom.