Tsvangirai: Mugabe Not Respecting Power-Sharing Deal
6 May 09 | PTV
The Zimbabwean premier has criticized President Robert Mugabe for flouting the agreement over the country’s new unity government in the case of the detention of some activists.
In a statement on Tuesday, Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) reacted to the arrest of rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko and 17 others over an alleged plot to overthrow Mugabe.
The activists were released on bail after the unity government took office in February, but they were taken back to jail on Tuesday.
“Today’s ruling is a flagrant disregard to the commitments and agreements” in the power-sharing deal that led to the formation of the unity government, the statement said.
Last year, the activists had been arrested and detained in secret for weeks until they began appearing in court in late December, many suffering injuries they said they received in custody.
The power-sharing agreement in September, aimed at ending post-election violence over contested results, slowly paved the way for the formation of a landmark unity government.