5 Zimbabwe Finance Ministry Employees Arrested

By: AP
By: AP

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe state media says police have
arrested five employees of the finance ministry, which is
controlled by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's party.

Independent rights groups have decried what they call harassment
of Tsvangirai supporters by President Robert Mugabe's loyalists.
The two sides have been joined in an uneasy coalition government
following violent and inconclusive 2008 elections.

The state-controlled Sunday Mail says the five latest to be
arrested were detained Thursday and Friday on allegations of taking
unauthorized trips and violating purchasing procedures.

Last month, hundreds of Mugabe supporters demonstrated at
Finance Minister Tendai Biti's office, demanding increases in civil
service salaries. Biti says the government can't afford raises.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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