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Zimbabwe opposition leader demands activists' release

Zimbabwe opposition leader demands activists' release

Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday demanded the unconditional release of detained party activists before a power-sharing deal with President Robert Mugabe can be implemented.
Tsvangirai told a news conference in neighboring South Africa that he remained committed to the power-sharing agreement signed by Zimbabwe's rival political parties in September but said he lacked a credible partner. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader said there have been several breaches of the agreement by Mugabe's government, including the abduction and detention of opposition activists.
U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said at least 43 opposition MDC members have been detained since October. Among those arrested is human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko, accused with the others of plotting to topple Mugabe.
Tsvangirai said he would this week meet Mugabe and South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, the current chairman of regional grouping SADC, to discuss the power-sharing deal.
"I still believe that a political agreement offers the best means of preventing Zimbabwe from becoming a failed state. I am committed to forming a new inclusive government in Zimbabwe and all I lack is a willing partner," Tsvangirai said.


Updated : 2021-06-16 22:39 GMT+08:00