President elect Emmerson Mnangagwa released a statement claiming MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti was released today following his intervention.
Biti was released on $5 000 bail and the State did not oppose his application for bail. In his statement released via his official Twitter account, Mnangagwa called on all political parties to cease all forms of incitement to violence. We publish Mnangagwa’s statement below:
STATEMENT ON RELEASE OF TENDAI BITI
Tendai Biti was released earlier today following my intervention. At such a crucial time in the history of the new Zimbabwe, nothing is more important than unity, peace and dialogue.
Equally important, however, is an adherence to the rule of law. I repeat – no one is above the law. Thus due to the serious nature of the allegations of incitement, due process will continue.
I call on all parties to immediately cease from all forms of incitement to violence, and to conduct all activities solely within the framework of the law. All Zimbabweans must join us now in striving for unity, peace and reconciliation. Peace is paramount.
Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a politician and the First Secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu- PF). He is the President elect of Zimbabwe. On 3 August 2018 ZEC Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba announced that Mnangagwa had won the popular vote by 50.8%... Read More About Emmerson Mnangagwa
Tendai Laxton Biti is the president of the People's Democratic Party, a prominent lawyer, activist, politician and Member of Parliament for Harare East. Biti was part of the founding team of the Movement for Democratic Change in 1999 together with Morgan Tsvangirai, Gibson Sibanda, Welshman... Read More About Tendai Biti