HARARE-- The Zimbabwe Republic Police has confirmed the arrest of Tendai Biti, a leading figure in the main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, saying he is now in custody.
Police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Charity Charamba said Thursday that Biti is facing charges of inciting public violence and for making unofficial declaration of the July 30 general election.
We want to assure the nation that he is very safe and is 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 Charamba.
Biti crossed the border to neighbouring Zambia on Wednesday where he sought refuge but Lusaka refused to grant him politician asylum arguing that his grounds were not worth the relief he sought.
Police had asked Biti to hand himself in for questioning following the violence which rocked Harare after voting in the last week's general and for his illegal declaration of MDC-Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa as the winner of the presidential poll.
Six people were killed in the protests.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK