MDC Condemns Re-Arresting of Activists

In a statement, the party said its national executive would soon meet to deliberate on various issues, including the continued flagrant and blatant violations of the GPA, which is the compass of the inclusive government.

"Today’s ruling threatens not only the life and health of the inclusive government, but its longevity and durability. Today’s ruling is a flagrant disregard to the commitments and agreements by the three principals to the GPA.

Today’s ruling slams shut the door of international goodwill. It undermines and threatens the goodwill that the inclusive government had begun to enjoy on the continent and the broader international community.

Among those who re-detained Tuesday are Jestina Mukoko, the Zimbabwe Peace Project director, former personal aide to the MDC President Ghandi Mudzingwa, the MDC Mashonaland West women’s assembly chairperson Concilia Chinanzvavana and Chris Dhlamini, the MDC’s head security.

The magistrate hearing the case said she no longer had any jurisdiction to grant the activists further remand as there trial dates have been set at the High Court.

"The re-detention of the 18 is also most worrying as the State has no evidence on the charges that are being leveled against these innocent people. For the past two months, the MDC has been pushing for a lasting conclusion to outstanding issues in the GPA but Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF have not been willing to show their sincerity to the agreement.

“The outstanding issues include the case of permanent secretaries and ambassadors, the swearing-in of Senator Roy Bennett as deputy minister of Agriculture, the issue of provincial governors, the issue of the RBZ governor Gideon Gono and Attorney-General Johannes Tomana.

The MDC urges SADC and the African Union as the guarantors of the GPA, to urgently address the political stalemate in Zimbabwe as it threatens national and international stability," said the party in a statement.

The MDC called for the immediate release of all the re-detained activists and the seven MDC activists whose whereabouts remain unknown after state security agents abducted them in November and December last year.