Zimbabwe’s MDC Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says his party is to boycott the country’s troubled unity government, citing the “persecution” of party member Roy Bennett on terrorism charges.
Bennett, the party treasurer, was jailed on Wednesday for allegedly possessing weapons for terrorism and acts of insurgency. Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai: “It is our right to disengage from a dishonest and unreliable partner. In this regard, whilst being in government we shall forthwith disengage from ZANU-PF and in particular from cabinet and the council of ministers until such time as confidence and respect are restored.” The US has slammed the prosecution of Bennett as a “blatant example” of the absence of law in the troubled country. The MDC calls it a provocation launched by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF. Tsvangirai entered into a coalition with Mugabe in February after two violence-littered elections left the county in a political vacuum and economic tailspin. It is not yet certain if Britain will go ahead with Thursday’s announcement of a 70-million euro aid package, aimed at propping up the so-called unity government.