TSVANGIRAI hits road

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition presidential candidate, resumed campaigning yesterday, the morning after he spent nine hours in police detention, his party said.

HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's opposition presidential candidate, resumed campaigning yesterday, the morning after he spent nine hours in police detention, his party said.

Tsvangirai said his detention in Bulawayo demonstrates the lengths to which President Robert Mugabe was prepared to go to "try and steal" the June 27 presidential run-off.

But police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said police merely wanted to establish that one of the vehicles in Tsvangirai's convoy was properly registered.

"There's no way you can say we are restricting his campaigning. We are not," he said.

Opposition and rights groups have accused Mugabe of orchestrating violence and of intimidation in the run-up to the vote.

Rights activists in Zimbabwe said yesterday that alleged Mugabe supporters petrol-bombed an office of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in Masvingo on Wednesday, killing at least two party officials.

The party says at least 60 of its supporters have been killed since the March 29 elections.

"Our resolve for a new beginning, and a new Zimbabwe remains unshaken," Tsvangirai said yesterday.

"We are convinced of the justness of our cause and will restore the dignity of Zimbabwe's people." - Sapa-AP

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