Zimbabwe’s deputy minister appointee arrested

February 13th, 2009 - 11:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Harare, Feb 13 (DPA) Roy Bennett, a former white farmer appointed deputy agriculture minister in Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government, was arrested Friday, a spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said.
He was picked up at a small airport outside Harare as he was about to fly to Johannesburg in South Africa to see his wife, the Ian Makoni told reporters. It was not clear why he was arrested.

The former opposition parliamentarian and outspoken critic of President Robert Mugabe was expected to be sworn in next week with other deputy ministers, while full ministers were due to be inducted later Friday.

Bennett’s commercial farm was expropriated in 2003 under Mugabe’s controversial land reform programme.

He was arrested on at least two occasions before leaving to live in neighbouring South Africa several years ago.

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