Tsvangirai meets Zambian president as he faces arrest in by Robert Mugabe
LUSAKA – Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who is facing a possible arrest home met Zambian president Rupiah Banda Tuesday afternoon.\r\n
No details of the meeting were released but Dickson Jere, the mouthpiece for the Zambian president, confirmed that the two leaders held a closed door meeting in the capital Lusaka.
Prime Minister Tsvangirai and his MDC delegation is on a SADC tour to seek regional support against president Rupiah Banda. Tsvangirai’s regional tour comes in the wake of increased arrests of his ministers and Members of Parliament in recent weeks, according to Radio VOP Zimbabwe.
But now Zimbabwe’s Attorney General Johannes Tomana wants Tsvangirai arrested for contempt of court. Tsvangirai is accused of condemning a Supreme Court ruling which set aside the election of former Zimbabwe Speaker of the House of Assembly Lovemore Moyo.
Tsvangirai met Zambian leader Rupiah Banda in his capacity as the Chairperson of SADC’s Troika on Defence and Security.
He is also expected to meet South African president Jacob Zuma in his capacity as the mediator in Zimbabwe’s political talks.
Tsvangirai will also travel to Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana.
Tsvangirai is meeting SADC because they are the guarantors of the Global Political Agreement which brought the transitional Government in that country.
Tsvangirai last week attacked the Supreme Court ruling saying his party “will not accept the decision of some Zanu PF politicians masquerading as judges”.
“The decision is a clear reflection of the state of affairs at the Bench, the Judiciary which in the post-Dumbutshena and post-Gubbay era largely discredited itself by becoming a willing appendage of Zanu PF,” Tsvangirai said.
“Dubious and pro-Executive decisions have been made in this era. We will not accept the decision of some Zanu PF politicians masquerading as judges. Zanu (PF) is trying to use the courts to subvert what it lost in an election.”
Highly placed sources said Tsvangirai was likely to be charged under Section 82(1) subsections (a) and (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
The section reads: “Any person who, by any act or omission, impairs the dignity, reputation or authority of a court – intending to do so or realising that there is a real risk or possibility that his or her act or omission may have such an effect, shall be guilty of contempt of court and liable to a fine not exceeding level six or imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year or both.”