3 men seize Tsvangirai's hotline cellphone

HARARE - Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s hotline cellphone was seized by three men outside Charter House yesterday, the premier’s spokesperson confirmed yesterday.

The mobile phone, which was used as an interface between the premier and the general public, was seized from Tineyi Mukwewa, one of the PM’s aides. He was on his way from the PM’s Charter House office to the MDC’s Harvest House headquarters when the men pounced.

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson told the Daily News that Mukwewa was manhandled by “three unknown thugs” who confiscated the mobile phone and confirmed it by calling.

After the cellphone rang, they jumped into an idling vehicle and drove off at a high speed with the mobile.

“That mobile line was used to communicate between the public and the Prime Minister’s office.  It was a tool which helped the Prime Minister to interact with the generality of Zimbabweans,” said Tamborinyoka.

“It is a disturbing move especially as we are preparing for harmonised polls. It is the Prime Minister’s considered view that government should not operate secretively and the mobile phone served that purpose.” - Crime Writer

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