Mugabe Detains His Challenger

Tsvangirai's party blasts 'illegal detention' during campaign
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 11:58 AM CDT
Zanu PF supporters chant party slogans at President Robert Mugabe's rally in Shamva, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) north east of Harare, Thursday, May 29, 2008.   (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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(Newser) – The leader of Zimbabwe’s opposition was detained today while campaigning, MSNBC reports. Morgan Tsvangirai, back in the country to challenge Robert Mugabe in a June 27 presidential run-off, is being held by police along with 14 other Movement for Democratic Change officials, the party said.

“We are currently held up,” an MDC spokesman said. “They are not saying why they are holding us up. They are saying there’s a commanding officer whom we should wait for. It’s not an arrest but illegal detention. It appears they want to disrupt our campaign program.”