Roy Bennett Briefly Detained By Armed Police

The party’s spokesperson, Nelson Chamisa confirmed that the former Chimanimani legislator was also blocked from entering his hometown of Chimanimani.

“MDC Treasurer General and deputy Minister of Agriculture designate Roy Bennett has been blocked from entering his hometown in Chimanimani by armed policeman at a roadblock just outside the town,” said Chamisa.

It is understood Bennett, who was in the company of his wife, was detained for about 30 minutes before being released. The police officers however took the identity document for his wife, as well as the number plates for the car they were traveling in.

An MDC official said Bennett had planned to spend the weekend in Chimanimani, where he owns a house. The MDC treasurer is a former Member of Parliament for Chimanimani and is very popular with ordinary people there, mostly plantation workers.His farm, also in the area, used to be among the leading coffee exporters in the country, before it was grabbed by Zanu PF militants. They have since vandalized equipment at the farm, with no meaningful production.

Bennett was one of three white parliamentarians elected in the 2000 Parliamentary election, despite intimidation against MDC voters by supporters of Zanu-PF. During the campaign his wife and family were physically attacked

Bennett is currently battling what he says are trumped up treason charges.