Court Releases Timba Amid Drama

High Court Judge Justice Joseph Musakwa on Sunday ordered the immediate release of Timba, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office’s Office and the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) secretary for international relations and cooperation.

Justice Musakwa ordered the police to immediately release Hon. Timba after ruling that his arrest and detention was unlawful.

The High Court Judge said there was no justification for Minister Timba’s arrest.

But three defiant policemen clashed with Timba and his lawyers as they attempted to take MDC official to Harare Central Police Station where they claimed they wanted to complete some discharge procedures such as booking him out of detention.

But Timba and his lawyers resisted the move by the police and camped inside the High Court for close to one hour arguing with the police who sought some reinforcement until they agreed to accompany the police to Harare Central Police Station.

The lawyers feared that the police request to complete discharge formalities was a ploy to re-arrest him.

Timba was arrested on Friday 24 June 2011 for allegedly contravening Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act that is undermining the authority of President Robert Mugabe.

Police allege that he undermined Mugabe’s authority when he told diplomats in Harare and journalists that President Mugabe had lied on
the outcome of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit held in Sandton a fortnight ago.

Timba’s arrest came some few days after ZANU PF politburo member and serial flip flopper, Jonathan Moyo, demanded that the MDC together
with MDC leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, be arrested for allegedly undermining the authority of Mugabe after they challenged
Mugabe and ZANU PF’s account of the SADC Sandton summit’s outcome.