Today, on the 8th August 2018, just mere days before the inauguration, the President and his men have sided with using the law as a tool to oppress and create criminals. Instead of using the judiciary to catch criminals, they are now enforced to persecute the opposition. The first victim on the border to Zambia was Tendai Biti, the newly elected MDC Alliance MP and spokesperson, who has been charged with several counts as the soldiers, was killing civilians on the streets of Harare. Clearly, the authorities have handpicked the leadership; the army have even hounded the mother’s house of Biti in recent days. To really intimidate anyone who stands in their way.
“MDC Alliance principal Tendai Biti has been arrested at the Zimbabwe-Zambia border while trying to flee the country to seek asylum in neighbouring Zambia. Biti is in police custody and expected to be transported back to Harare to assist police with investigations into post-election violence which rocked Harare on August 1. On Monday, the Zimbabwe Republic Police said it was looking for nine senior MDC-Alliance officials, including Tendai Biti and Morgen Komichi, on allegations of inciting their supporters to embark on an illegal demonstration last Wednesday in Harare” (The Herald – ‘BREAKING NEWS: Fleeing Biti arrested’ 08.08.2018 link: https://www.herald.co.zw/breaking-news-fleeing-biti-arrested/).
This here is deliberate act of violence against the opposition, to secure the weakening of the MDC Alliance, they wouldn’t have picked another man for that reason. Neither the other leader named leaders, as they want to ensure the opposition get scattered and weak. They are using the law as a claw to destroy and silence it.
That is the sad reality of today, as Biti tried to escape, but didn’t, as the police and authorities catch up to him.
However, newer reports are that he is still on the way to Lusaka:
“This is what we know. Chirundu is a one-stop border post. Biti arrived with an asylum-related letter from the Zambian embassy. CID were in pursuit. He proceeded straight to Zambia immigration and passport stamped. Zim military intelligence then tries to detain him. Video doing rounds of “citizens arrest” is in fact Zimbabwe Military Intelligence officers in plain clothes. But because Biti was technically already in Zambia, Zambians had jurisdiction and after discussions with authorities, MI lost their catch and Biti allowed in. So Tendai Biti is in Zambia on his way to Lusaka where his asylum will be formalised. The Zambians have hosted many Zimbabweans since November coup, among them former President Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao” (ZimLive.Com, 08.08.2018).
This story is not over, as one of the key leaders of MDC Alliance is now in exile applying refuge. Clearly, the state is so vindictive, that he only see safety. That the law and the police are so harsh, that the only way out is exile. Says a lot about the affairs and what is going on. When one of the key leaders in the opposition and newly minted MP are fleeing, you just know that the policies and the methods used by ZANU-PF is wrong. That President Mnangagwa is using intimidation and the law to silence his opposition is striking. He is doing the same as in the past, but this time for his direct benefit and not for the Goblin.
Biti is a victim now, who wonder whose next up in line, but know that the authorities are hunting down the ones who standing in its way. Peace.