MDC Alliance co-principal and former minister of finance, Tendai Biti, has been arrested at the Zambian border. Biti was reportedly seeking political asylum in Zambia. Biti’s lawyer Nqobizitha Mlilo confirmed the matter to AFP. Mlilo only said
He was arrested at the Zambian border
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has launched a manhunt for Biti and other opposition MDC Alliance senior officials accusing them of inciting their followers to violence. This comes after the death of six civilians who were gunned by the military last Wednesday after opposition supporters demonstrated against alleged manipulation of results by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). Some of the charges Biti is facing include, incitement to political violence and the illegal declaration of an election winner.
According to Reuters, Mlilo said Biti was arrested after presenting himself to Zambian immigration officials at Chirundu border post and police had not yet informed him of the charges.
Writing on Twitter, MDC-T deputy Treasurer Charlton Hwende said
Here is the video of Biti getting arrested:
The moment Tendai Biti was arrested at Chirundu border post on his way to Zambia to seek political asylum – 8 August 2018#ZimElections2018 #ElectionsZW #Zimbabwe #ZimDecides2018 #TendaiBiti #Biti pic.twitter.com/MFZ1FLuFrQ
— Povo News (@povonewstv) August 8, 2018
Biti was later released after some consultations as he was already on Zambian soil when he was apprehended.
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Tendai Laxton Biti is a politician and currently one of the 3 Vice Presidents of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He was elected the vice presidency in May 2019 at the MDC Congress. Biti is also one of Zimbabwe's most prominent lawyers. Biti is... Read More About Tendai Biti