MDC-Alliance principal Tendai Biti has been arrested by the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and is currently in police custody, a senior police official has confirmed.
In a statement, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said Biti is charged with inciting public violence and falsely declaring elections results.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm that, Tendai Biti, is now in police custody. He is being charged for contravening Section 36 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9.23 on “Public violence” and also contravening Section 66 (A) (1) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2.13) – unofficial or false declaration of results.
“We want to assure the nation that he is very safe and like any other person facing criminal charges, the police are conducting the necessary legal procedures so that Biti appears in court. He had skipped the country knowing very well that he was wanted by the police, although he was misleading members of the public through the media,” said Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba.
Biti attempted to seek asylum in Zambia on Wednesday after running away from the ZRP for illegally declaring MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Advocate Nelson Chamisa as the winner of the July 30 presidential election.
He was denied asylum and deported to Zimbabwe on Thursday morning following the dismissal of his asylum request by the Zambian government as they cited that his grounds for seeking the asylum were not sound.
It is reported that Biti appeared in court late Thursday afternoon. Eye witnesses at the court reported that Biti appeared to be in high spirits.