Head of Zimbabwe poll survey group arrested

April 15th, 2008 - 8:39 pm ICT by admin  

Harare, April 15 (DPA) Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday arrested the director of a non-profit election observation organization that had placed President Robert Mugabe second in last month’s presidential elections. Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) director Rindai Chipfunde-Vava was arrested on arrival from Britain via Johannesburg at Harare international airport, ZESN chairman Noel Kututwa said.

“We have just been told about the arrest. We are still trying to find out what exactly has happened and why she was arrested,” he told DPA.

Police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena said he would comment later on the arrest.

ZESN produced an estimate, from a sample of the results, showing opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai topping the poll in March 29 elections with 49.4 percent of the vote against 41.8 for Mugabe and 8.2 percent for former finance minister Simba Makoni.

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has not yet released the official results of the election.

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