Attorney-General readies papers to arrest Tsvangirai – Report

HARARE – The Attorney-General’s office has drafted an indictment for the arrest of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on contempt of court charges.\r\n

Well-placed sources in the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs said the Chief Law Officer Chris Mutangadura had prepared the document to be sent to the police, who will arrest Tsvangirai.

Soon after the dethroning of Speaker of Parliament Lovemore Moyo by a Supreme Court ruling that nullified his election, Tsvangirai described the bench as a, “willing appendage of Zanu (PF).”

Responding news of his possible arrest Tsvangirai said it would be the end of the GNU. 

“If there are people who want to arrest me, I am here and I don’t think I want to run away,” he said. “I have heard about it (the arrest) and we will see how they proceed but that will be the last nail in this whole delicate and fragile government.”

According to the draft, Tsvangirai will be charged under Section 82(1) subsections (a) and (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, for his comments about the bench.

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.”

Contacted for comment, Mutangadura professed ignorance, “I have not seen such a document I will be in a position to inform you tomorrow,” he said.