Timba Goes Missing, Police Confess Ignorance On His Location

Timba was arrested on Friday evening on charges that he undermined President Robert Mugabe’s authority after he sought to set the record straight on the outcome of the June 12 Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit on Zimbabwe.

Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai said it feared for Timba’s life after its lawyers failed to locate him although it is believed that he was being held at Harare Central Police Station.

“Lawyers are failing to locate the arrested MDC secretary for international affairs Hon Jameson Timba,” the party said in a text message to journalists and the party’s supporters on Saturday morning.

“The MDC fears for his life.”

 A few hours later the party said: “MDC lawyers desperate to locate Hon. Timba have filed an urgent application at the High Court this morning to compel the police to disclose his location.”

Police spokesman Superintendent Andrew Phiri insisted that he did not know anything about Timba’s arrest.

The minister’s arrest follows comments by Zanu (PF) politburo member and former Information and Publicity minister Jonathan Moyo’s comments in the state media that Timba must be arrested for saying Mugabe lied about the outcome of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit.

Mugabe and Zanu PF tried in vain to convince Zimbabweans that Sadc had thrown out a communiqué of the troika on peace and security that chided them for failing to respect the Global Political Agreement.

Police have been accused of targeting MDC-T officials to frustrate them into quitting the unity government they joined in 2009.