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By Peta Thornycroft
Independent Foreign Service
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai cancelled his weekly council of ministers meeting today and is not going to his office in protest against the re-imprisonment of Roy Bennett, who was indicted for trial in the High Court yesterday and locked up in the remand prison in eastern city Mutare.
Finance minister Tendai Biti said today: "The prime minister has cancelled the Council of Minister's meeting and we will be meeting as a party in the morning to discuss this. We will not be taking part in any official functions at present."
There is outrage within the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) that its treasurer and MP Bennett, whom Tsvangirai has nominated to be deputy agriculture minister has been sent back to prison.
Bennett has a court order compelling the state to put him on trial in Mutare last Tuesday or take him off remand and has so far not had any charges put to him.
Despite this a Mutare magistrate agreed yesterday to put him in prison.
This breaking news flash was supplied exclusively to iol.co.za by the Independent Foreign Service.
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