Zimbabwe police summon opposition leader

The police in Zimbabwe on Thursday summoned main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai for interrogation on his last month's tour of retail shops in the capital Harare, a spokesman said.

Zimbabwe police summon opposition leader
The police in Zimbabwe on Thursday summoned main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai for interrogation on his last month's tour of retail shops in the capital Harare, a spokesman said.

"Police have summoned MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai in what is apparently another fresh round to intimidate a legitimate opposition and its leadership," Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Nelson Chamisa said in a statement.

"Tsvangirai was summoned by the Law and Order Unit at Harare Central for what they said was in connection with the the MDC president's tour of supermarkets and shops," last month, he said.

Tsvangirai, leader of the main MDC faction, found himself between bare shelves on August 1 when he toured shops in Harare, after a six-week government crackdown on businesses accused of profiteering.

Tsvangirai invited the media to witness his tour of supermarkets but was cut short and a planned press conference was also cancelled when he became involved in a confrontration with the wife of army chief Constatine Chiwenga.

Witnesses said Jocelyn Chiwenga flew into a rage when opposition officials met her shopping at a wholesaler and she called them "detractors" seeking to bring back white rule.

Chamisa said the summoning of Tsvangirai had nothing to do with his visits to shops.

"It has everything to do with a sulking regime that is apparently unhappy with the MDC's successful diplomatic offensive on the continent and internationally," he said.

"Visits by the MDC teams to Ghana, Zambia and lately Australia have irked a regime that is fast losing friends both on the continent and in the broader international community," he said.

Tsvangirai returned from his Australian visit on Monday.

There was no immediate reaction from the police who requested time to verify the information.

AFP
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