Tsvangirai Returns From Botswana

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MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai who has set up camp in Botswana due to personal security fears and to gear himself for further political battles in his bid to win power is expected back in the country today.

Sources said Tsvangirai is scheduled to address a press conference in Harare upon his arrival. The sources could not however say whether Tsvangirai was returning to Botswana or staying.

The MDC leaders secured temporary asylum and a base in Botswana last week after meeting the country’s new president, Ian Khama.

Party sources said Tsvangirai managed to secure a house, offices and logistics from the host country.

They said the MDC leader has also been loaned a private jet which he has been using to fly to meetings and conferences, although it was not immediately clear who provided it.

Tsvangirai reportedly relocated to Botswana last week with his family, security aides, personal assistants and support staff. His main venue for meetings is said to be Johannesburg.

Last Thursday Tsvangirai flew to Johannesburg for a meeting with South African President Thabo Mbeki before flying back to Gaborone the following day. Prior to that, he was in Johannesburg on Monday meeting ANC President Jacob Zuma.

On Saturday he flew from Gaborone to Lusaka for a Sadc summit on Zimbabwe. After that he went back to Gaborone.

On Monday Tsvangirai flew from Gaborone to Johannesburg for a meeting with the other MDC faction leader Arthur Mutambara.

The two discussed ways of working together in parliament where combined they have a majority over Zanu PF.

Tsvangirai has been planning his regional diplomatic trips, sources said, from Gaborone where he can fly in and out of the country without hassles. — Staff Writer

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