The MDC-T released a press statement earlier this morning saying that the police have raided their Avondale based communications office and arrested three officials:
A total of 15 police officers in plain clothes have raided and are currently searching Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s communications office in Avondale, Harare.
Early this morning, the police arrested three officials from the PM’s office, Thabani Mpofu, Anna Muzvidziwa and Felix Matsinde. Reasons for the arrests and the whereabouts of three are unknown.
Since then, Beatrice Mtetwa, a lawyer acting on behalf of the MDC for the three arrested, has also been arrested. Her crime? For daring to ask why her client - Thabani Mpofu - has been arrested. She is being held for 'obstructing justice'.
Lydia Polgreen, a journalist for the New York Times has since tweeted that Mtetwa's response to this is to say "Of course the view I take is they have been obstructing me in my duties as a lawyer".
"Of course the view i take is they have been obstructing me in my duties as a lawyer." Mtetwa at Harare Central police station.
— Lydia Polgreen, NYT (@lpolgreen) March 17, 2013
This via the MDC:
Beatrice Mtetwa, a human rights lawyer has been arrested after she tried to make enquiries as to the reason why her client Thabani Mpofu was under arrest.
She is detained at the Harare Central Police Station. Mpofu a senior official in Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s office together with Anna Muzvidziwa and Felix Matsinde were arrested early this morning under unclear circumstances.
When Mtetwa tried to understand the reasons for the arrest of her client, Mpofu, she too was arrested for what the police said was obstruction of the course of justice.
The police also raided the offices of the communications office of the Prime Minister in Avondale, Harare.
The whereabouts of Muzvidziwa and Matsinde are not known although it is certain they are in police custody.
Beatrice Mtetwa is an extraordinarily committed and fearless lawyer, always fighting for Zimbabwe's rule of law to be properly upheld. A film has been made about her - the trailer is below:
Update via Twitter:
Group of lawyers working on urgent High Court application for Beatrice Mtetwa's release tonight. #ZimbabweDecides
— Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube) March 17, 2013