Thursday, March 21, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Two more PM staffers arrested, spokesman

Two more PM staffers arrested, spokesman
21/03/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

PRIME Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office said Thursday police had arrested two more members of his staff, bringing to six the number detained since Sunday.

In a statement, Tsvangirai’s spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka said: “Police have arrested two more members of staff from the Prime Minister’s Communications Office, caretakers, Spiwe Vera and Elizabeth Banda.

“This brings to six the number of staff members from the Office of the Prime Minister arrested inside five days. Lawyers have been dispatched to Harare Central Police Station to attend to them.

Four party officials were arrested Sunday, along with prominent rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who was trying to represent them during police searches of their offices and homes.

The four top officials are accused of compiling information on the state’s failure to prosecute cases of high level corruption.

Tamborinyoka said the premier considered the “attack 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,” he said.

“The Prime Minister appraised the SADC Facilitation Team on Wednesday night of the deteriorating situation as we begin preparations for the elections.

“However the Prime Minister is aware that these are unnecessary distractions that will dismally fail to divert our attention from the democratic agenda of delivering a new Zimbabwe.”

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