Zimbabwe police 'raid MDC house'

Prime minister's party accuses police of ransacking house in alleged weapons search.

    Tsvangirai says he will only resume unity relations once key disputed issues are resolved [AFP]

    "They beat up the wife and sister of the caretaker before they started digging part of the garden ostensibly in search of weapons."

    Wayne Bvudzijena, a police spokesman, had no immediate comment, The Associated Press news agency reported.

    MDC boycott

    The raid came just over a week after the MDC announced it would boycott cabinet meetings with the Zanu-PF party of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president, its partner in the unity government.

    Tsvangirai has said he has not quit the government, but will resume unity relations only once issues - including disputes over key posts and a crackdown against his supporters - are settled.

    Biti blamed Friday's raid on members of Zanu-PF and security forces opposed to the unity government.

    "We regard this as further evidence of lack of a paradigm shift on the part of Zanu-PF to treat us as an equal partner," he said.

    "We regard it as serious evidence of a few in Zanu-PF and 'securocrats' who want us out of the government."

    Political tensions in Zimbabwe have also been heightened by the renewed detention of Roy Bennett, a white aide to Tsvangirai, on "terrorism" charges.

    Bennett is is due to go on trial on November 9.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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