Opinion: Tendai Biti is another casualty of the reign of Mnangagwa!
If your where thinking there was coming a new Zimbabwe in November 2017, you where wrong, we’re all wrong. The goblin, Robert Mugabe might not be in office in his advanced age, but his henchmen and his military leadership is there. Therefore, the ZANU-PF isn’t acting better. They are even more retaliating heavier against the opposition.
The latest casualty is Movement for Democratic Change – Alliance (MDC-A) own Tendai Biti, who has been a vocal critic of the regime. He was last year because of the Post-Election Violence. As he tried to flee to Zambia for asylum, the authorities retrieved him and deported him back to Zimbabwe. They “assisted” him back for investigation into the Post-Election Violence, that rocked the capital on the 1st August 2018.
However, what has happen today is an extension of the actions of the authorities last year. They are continuing to pursuit unhappiness for the opposition leader.
Which said this on the 31st August 2018 after the polls:
“The results show beyond reasonable doubt that we have won this election and that the next President of Zimbabwe is Advocate Nelson Chamisa. These results were extrapolated from V11 forms that in some cases were posted outside posted outside polling stations in compliance with the law and in some cases handed over to our candidates’ agents in compliance with the law. We now hope that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) will follow its Constitutional and legal obligation defined in the Electoral Act of formally announcing the result that is consistent with what we have gathered through our own parallel voter tabulation process. As you know we set up command centres in every constituency…” (Xaxa – ‘Nelson Chamisa Has Won Election And Must Be Sworn In: Biti’ 31.08.2018, link: https://news.pindula.co.zw/2018/07/31/nelson-chamisa-has-won-election-and-must-be-sworn-in-biti/).
Because, the Opposition leader said this at the Press Conference on the 31st August 2018 at the Morgan Tsvangirai House in Harare. He has gotten into legal jeopardy, as his words are used against him. As the challenge of the election and the polls are contended. Since, the state and regime is going after him for saying it. It touched a nerve, as they are taking way his rights to say or announce results, which is not done by ZEC. That is what the state says today to all citizens.
Today, the Harare Magistrate Gloria Takundwa charged him on two counts, where the lawyer broke the Electoral Law. As he today either had to pay $200 or spend a week in jail. So, he was found guilty of crimes. The Second count, which is yet not fixed is where he could spend 6 months in jail.
This is all because he said Chamisa won, instead of Emmerson Mnangagwa, a President incumbent who also said this on the 31st August 2018: “Good morning Zimbabwe, I am delighted by the high turnout and citizen engagement so far. The information from our reps on the ground is extremely positive! Waiting patiently for official results as per constitution” (Takunda Shumba – ‘ED Mnangagwa claims victory? Chamisa warned elections could be reversed, rigged’ 31.08.2018, link: https://zwnews.com/ed-mnangagwa-claims-victory-chamisa-warned-elections-could-be-reversed-rigged/ ).
So, we can see that Mnangagwa was allowed and got into no issues proclaiming victory. He came with an online video on the same day as Tendai Biti said his peace at a Press Conference. This again, shows he different use of law and how it always sticks directly to the MDC-A, but ZANU-PF gets off the hook.
Well, we know that this regime is a type that retaliates and is vicious. That the ZANU-PF has shown, again and again. This is just another one, who is picked out and shown as political target by the regime. Because, the state are not initiating anything against the President or even a warning for his words about this, but Tendai Biti is fair game. Peace.