The Zimbabwe Prisons Services said it barred MDC-T leader Mr Morgan Tsvangirai from visiting his incarcerated party members because he disregarded prison regulations.
According to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services regulations, he was supposed to write a letter to the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs notifying them of his intention to visit. ZPCS spokesperson Superintendent Priscilla Mthembo said Mr Tsvangirai’s lawyer had written a letter to prison authorities informing them of his intended visit. Before the prisons authorities responded to his letter, the MDC leader proceeded to Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison.
He was blocked.“Mr Tsvangirai was advised to write a letter to the Ministry because he was not visiting in his personal capacity,” said Supt Mthembo. “The requirement applies to everyone regardless of political affiliation.
“His lawyer knew it and knows the proper way to communicate with prison officials that is why he wrote the letter. Maybe Mr Tsvangirai was not patient enough to wait for our response.” Supt Mtembo said the requirement was vital for security purposes.
However, the MDC-T said the treatment that was given to Mr Tsvangirai was unprofessional and meant to harass their leader.