Police have arrested one of the MDC Alliance leaders, Tendai Biti in connection with the violence that rocked Harare after elections last week, leaving at least six people dead.
Biti is the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Property worth several thousands of dollars was destroyed after supporters aligned to the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa took to the streets protesting against election results that pointed to ZANU PF victory.
The violence led to the arrest of several opposition supporters, forcing Mr Biti to disappear after police issued a statement seeking his whereabouts.
The PDP leader, who has since appeared in court, was later arrested as he sought asylum in Zambia where authorities refused his bid saying he was not under threat in Zimbabwe.
In a statement this afternoon, police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed that Mr Biti was now in police custody.
“The 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) ‘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.”
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