“The MDC has communicated far and wide, very loudly for that matter, that the lives of some of your politicians are under severe threat from targeted assassination,” the letter said.
“We as police are still battling to assess the assassination threats levels, trying to isolate and eliminate such threats.
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“Our continued investigations so far have failed to confirm your party’s allegations but still we are not prepared to take any chances by exposing you to the public who may be possible assassins.”
George Sibotshiwe, a spokesman for Tsvangirai, told Al Jazeera on Friday that Tsvangirai’s arrest was an attempt to derail his election campaign.
“This is a deliberate strategy by Zanu-PF to disrupt Mr Tsvangirai’s campaign and prevent him from having access to the Zimbabwean people,” he said.
Bright Matonga, Zimbabwe’s deputy information minister, announced on Friday that all non-governmental organisations [NGOs] in Zimbabwe had been asked to re-register, a day after the ban came into force.
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“[NGOs] were involved in political activities and behaving like political parties when they were supposed to complement government efforts,” Matonga said.
But John Holmes, the UN chief relief co-ordinator, called on Zimbabwe to end the restrictions.
“This is a deplorable decision that comes at a critical humanitarian juncture for the people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“I strongly urge the government to reconsider and rescind this decision as soon as possible.”