Zimbabwe opposition leader stopped from attending SADC summitAugust 14th, 2008 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS
Harare, Aug 14 (Xinhua) Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was Thursday prevented from travelling to South Africa for a summit on Zimbabwe’s political crisis after his travel documents were confiscated and he was detained at Harare airport, media reports said. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said Tsvangirai could not go to South Africa to attend the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, as airport immigration officials seized his passport.
The MDC leader was released shortly after but his documents were not returned to him, his spokesman George Sibotshiwe said.
Tsvangirai was invited by South African President Thabo Mbeki, who mediated the talks between the rival Zimbabwean leaders, to attend the SADC summit in Johannesburg, beginning Saturday.
The Two-day summit is expected to discuss Zimbabwe’s political turmoil following failed power-sharing talks between Tsvangirai and President Robert Mugabe.
Mbeki, who was in Zimbabwe mediating talks between the leaders, went to Harare last weekend amid high expectations that the parties could reach a deal ahead of the SADC summit.
However, the talks stalled again, but did not break down, as Tsvangirai reportedly required more time to reflect on some key issues.