MDC leader Nelson Chamisa has condemned the seizure of Tendai Biti’s new book by Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officers.
Speaking on Thursday during the launch of Democracy Works at the SAPES Trust in Harare, Chamisa said the seizure gives Zimbabwe a negative image. Chamisa joined the book’s co-authors: Zimbabwe’s former finance minister Tendai Biti, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo and Greg Mills of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation at the launch. Said Chamisa:
I was very disturbed to learn that the books were confiscated by the authorities at the airport. The state makes unnecessary and uncalled for decisions that give our country a negative image.
Copies of the book sent through DHL by the publishers Pan Macmillan in Johannesburg arrived in Harare in early March, but were seized by the CIO. The book was launched in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg earlier this week.