MDC Alliance partner Tendai Biti (red hat) with Alliance leader Nelson Chamisaat a press conference in the capital Harare. FILE PHOTO: ANA Reporter

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Zimbabwe opposition leader Biti arrested as he flees to Zambia

JOHANNESBURG, August 8 – A senior member of Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC Alliance, Tendai Biti, has been arrested at the Chirundu border post, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Lawyer Nqobizitha Mlilo said his client was arrested on the Zambian side of the one-stop border post. He said Biti feels that his life is in danger in Zimbabwe and is seeking political asylum in neighbouring Zambia.

Earlier this week Zimbabwe police issued a search warrant for Biti, accusing him of “unlawfully” announcing that his party’s leader, Nelson Chamisa, won last Monday’s presidential election.

He is accused of inciting the violence when MDC Alliance supporters clashed with security forces two days later, leaving six people dead.

Biti was the minister of finance in a unity government that was formed after disputed elections in 2008 – and is credited with helping stabilise the economy after years of hyperinflation.

Mlilo said Zimbabwe authorities had been harassing Biti’s mother for three days in an attempt to get her to say where the opposition leader, who is also a lawyer.

“His car has been shot at, ” revealed the lawyer adding that his client’s hands were “clean”.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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