Zimbabwe's opposition MDC Alliance principal, Tendai Biti, who was arrested on Wednesday afternoon while attempting to enter Zambia, had already pre-arranged his entry into that country, sources have revealed.
Sources said Biti had his passport stamped out by Zimbabwean immigration officials before he was apprehended by CID members on the Zambian side of the border.
“It appeared as though some officials at the border had already prepared his safe passage because his passport had already been stamped out. It had also been stamped on the Zambian side.
“Some people on the Zambian side alerted some CID officers on the Zimbabwean side who rushed to his car and forcibly apprehended him,” said a Zambian source at the Chirundu Border.
The CID members, however, failed to take Biti to the Zimbabwean side as the Zambian officials insisted that the former legislator had already entered their country and was in the process of sorting out his asylum papers.
Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister corroborated this to The Southern Times sources saying: “It is true that Biti has been arrested but he is in the custody of Zambian officials. There are protocols to be followed before he can be handed over to us.”
His counterpart on the Zambian side, Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji, said Biti was “seeking asylum but his grounds are not meritorious. As it is, we are just keeping him for safe custody before he heads back to Harare”.