Zimbabwe today ordered all charities operating in the country to quit their work, saying they would not be allowed to resume until they had promised not to interfere in the upcoming election, the Guardian reports. The government also detained opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai for the second time this week, Reuters notes. Police picked him up at a roadblock today and released him a few hours later, preventing him from attending a campaign rally.
Robert Mugabe's government accused the charities of openly supporting the opposition in the June 27 runoff election. “This is a sign of desperation," said a spokesman for Tsvangirai's party. "It's condescending to think that the people of Zimbabwe vote on the basis of influence by NGOs."