Tendai Biti Released After Being Arrested At Zambia Border

MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti is reported to have been released after his arrest at the Chirundi Border Post earlier on today. Biti was apprehended when he presented himself to the Zambian immigration officials where he was heading to seek political asylum. However, as Biti had already crossed from the Zimbabwean side onto the Zambian side, he was technically on Zambian soil. This means that Zimbabwe has no jurisdiction and after this was highlighted, Biti was released and allowed to continue on into Zambia. He is reported to be on his way to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka, where he will face an asylum hearing.

Biti and other senior opposition MDC Alliance officials are on the run or in hiding after the Zimbabwe Republic Police accused them of inciting their followers to violence.  This follows the death of at least 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).  The international community has urged President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration to stop the crackdown and intimidation of opposition leaders and supporters.

 

Update

The CID Department at Chirundu has said that Zambian police officers later threatened Zimbabwe authorities with arrest for executing their mandate on Zambian soil.  The Zambians also called a team of Zambia Para Military Troop armed with AK 47 Rifles to escort Biti across the border.  Here is the full account

Tendai Biti Arrest: Full Text Of Memo From CID Chirundu Explains How They Were Stopped From Taking Biti


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3 comments on “Tendai Biti Released After Being Arrested At Zambia Border

  1. so who arrested him i.e. was it the Zimbabwean police or the Zambian police? Except if I missed this in the original report. If it was the Zambian police why did they arrest or did they just detain him, if it was the Zimbabwean police how and did they not know that they do not have jurisdiction?

    Or is this someone trying to sensationalize news?
    Was Biti ever really wanted by the police ?

    If the immigration officers knew that Biti was on the wanted list how and why did they allow him to cross the border?
    I hope someone will help me understand these questions.

  2. It’s a one border concept. All officers from both countries are housed in a new complex. Going out the complex is on Zambian soil and coming back on Zim soul

  3. It’s a one border concept. All officers from both countries are housed in a new complex. Going out the complex is on Zambian soil and coming back on Zim soul

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