Zimbabwe: Police impoundment of PM’s car ‘insensitive’

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Police in Lupane, a district in Matabelenad region are still holding on to a BMW X5 belonging to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in what critics have described as sign of Zanu PF’s insensitivity towards the Global Political Agreement.

Central Intelligence officers and the Police impounded Tsvangirai’s armored vehicle on 6 June last year at the height of run off elections campaign and detained the MDC leader at the Lupane Police Station for alleged registration irregularities.

The car is parked in the open close to the stations’ entrance and is slowly loosing its original color as it has to bear the blistering sun and heavy rains.

The Officer Commanding Lupane Senior Assistant Commissioner Edmore Veterai who won praise from Zanu PF when he struck the new Prime Minister with a rifle butt in March 2007 allegedly issued orders for the continued impounding of Tsvangirai’s vehicle.

“The matter was raised by some senior police officers who suggested that the car be returned to Tsvangirai now that an all inclusive government had been formed but Ass Comm Veterai issued a strong warning against anyone who touches the car and saying that it would remain parked at the station,” said a police officer based at the station.

Home Affairs Co-Minister Kembo Mohadi said that they were still working on the issue but refused to shed light on the reasons behind the delay in releasing the vehicle and why it is parked in the open.

“We are still working on the matter but I cannot tell you when we are going to release it, as for the parking I am not aware of that so I can not comment,” he said before hanging up his phone.

Sources close to the case revealed that some ZANU PF’s hardliners wanted to convert the vehicle into their own use but their plans were frustrated by the formation of the All Inclusive Government.

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