For the third time this month, opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai was detained by police in Zimbabwe Thursday as he traveled to meet with voters before the June 27 runoff election. In a related action, the secretary-general of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) also was taken into custody as he returned home from a two-month trip to appeal for the support of other African leaders for the party's campaign to unseat President Robert Mugabe. Tendai Biti will be charged with treason, police said.
Documents obtained by the BBC appear to indicate that Mugabe's reelection campaign is being run by the military, the news organization reported Thursday. It said the documents outline plans to harass opposition supporters and to use the distribution of scarce food supplies as a political weapon. In addition, it said a police source had confirmed that he and fellow officers have been ordered to cast their ballots for Mugabe in front of their commanders rather than in secret. Authenticating the documents is difficult, however, the BBC said, since its reporters are banned from Zimbabwe.