Zimbabwe arrests Tendai Biti at Zambia border
The former finance minister and senior opposition figure was fleeing to seek asylum, his lawyer says
Zimbabwean opposition leader Tendai Biti’s lawyer says he was arrested on Wednesday morning by the country’s police — while trying to seek political asylum in Zambia. Attorney Nqobizitha Mlilio has told TimesLIVE that Biti was arrested “on Zambian soil” at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. As yet‚ there is no confirmation of the arrest‚ nor its basis‚ by the Zimbabwean police. Police documents supplied by Mlilo‚ however‚ suggest that authorities were investigating Biti for “unofficially and unlawfully” declaring MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa the duly elected president of Zimbabwe‚ in alleged violation of Zimbabwean electoral law. He also stands accused of public violence for “acting in consent with his accomplices still at large while armed with firearms‚ ammunition‚ stones‚ alleged to have committed act of violence and proceeded to burn various vehicles and one bus at the Zanu-PF provincial headquarters”. In other words‚ Zimbabwean police appear to be blaming Biti for th...
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