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
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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.