4 September 2008

Zimbabwe: MDC Forwards Video Clips of MP Arrests and ZPF Violence to Mbeki

Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC faction has reportedly forwarded video clips of police arresting MDC MPs at the reconvening of Parliament last week to South African President Thabo Mbeki - the SADC appointed facilitator in Zimbabwe's power sharing talks.

The move comes days after ZANU PF made a similar strategic move, after it forwarded to Mbeki and other heads of SADC, footage of some MDC MPs booing and humiliating Mugabe during the official opening of parliament. The footage, ZANU PF claims, will 'expose MDC-T's insincerity to the ongoing talks.'

The MDC's information department reportedly told Radio VOP on Tuesday it was finalising the compilation of video clips of the arrest of its MPs by police while entering parliament. It's understood the party also planned to include clips of victims of political violence at the hands of ZANU PF youths and supporters in mostly rural areas.

VOP on Tuesday quoted a highly placed source within the information department as saying that ZANU PF's attempt to portray the MDC as insincere in the talks 'will not work because we have overwhelming evidence of ZANU PF breaching the talks agreement.' It's understood that Tsvangirai's MDC was set to personally deliver the clips to Mbeki and other SADC heads of state during the burial of the late former Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa in Lusaka on Wednesday. The MDC has been unwilling to confirm if the clips were delivered.

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