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Cops arrest 2 more of Tsvangirai's aides

21 March 2013, 16:14

Cape Town – Zimbabwe prime minister's party says police have arrested two more members of his staff, bringing to six the number detained since Sunday.

Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka said in a statement that the prime minister was taking attacks 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," read the statement.

A Zimbabwean magistrate on Wednesday denied bail to Tsvangirai’s four aides and their lawyer, whose arrests marred a constitutional referendum last weekend.

The judge said the staffers were facing serious charges including breaching state secrets laws, and therefore, did not qualify for bail.

Tsvangirai has since appraised SADC of the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe as the country prepares for general elections.

"The prime minister is [however] aware that these are unnecessary distractions that will dismally fail to divert our attention from the democratic agenda of delivering a new Zimbabwe," said the statement.

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