Zimbabwe’s Biti granted bail after being charged over post-election violence

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (AUGUST 9, 2018) (REUTERS) – Zimbabwe’s former finance minister and opposition leader Tendai Biti was granted bail on Thursday (August 9) after facing charges over his role in violence linked to post-election unrest.

Biti, whose People’s Democratic Party had formed an election alliance with opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sought asylum in neighbouring Zambia on Wednesday (August 8) but he was deported back to Zimbabwe where he was taken into police custody.

Biti was also charged with falsely and unlawfully announcing results of the election.

He was ordered to surrender title deeds to a property in Harare and his passport, and has been banned from addressing political rallies or news conferences until the case is over.

Six people were killed last week in an army crackdown on protests against the victory by Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF party.

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  • Geography of Africa
  • Tendai Biti
  • Zimbabwean general election
  • Africa
  • Zimbabwe
  • Harare
  • Patrick Chinamasa
  • 2008–09 Zimbabwean political negotiations

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