BITI APPEARS IN ZIMBABWE COURT

Zimbabwean opposition politician Tendai Biti has looked in court docket in handcuffs on fees of inciting violence after he was deported from Zambia.
Zambia’s authorities rejected Mr Biti’s query for asylum on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Mr Biti had been launched on bail following his intervention.
Prosecutors accuse Mr Biti of fuelling unlawful protests by rejecting Mr Mnangagwa’s victory in the fiercely contested elections on 30 July.
No longer now not up to six folks were killed two days after the vote in clashes between security forces and MDC Alliance supporters who alleged that their chief, Nelson Chamisa, had been robbed of victory.
There was immense optimism that the elections would bring right alternate after the cease of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule in November.
However the MDC Alliance says the security forces possess launched a brutal crackdown on the opposition following the disputed ballot.
Mr Biti is the major senior opposition politician to be detained since Mr Mnangagwa took over from Mr Mugabe.

A handcuffed Mr Biti was dropped at court docket in the capital, Harare, below a solid police presence.
Prosecutors voice he falsely declared Mr Chamisa the winner of the election, and encouraged his supporters to injure property at some stage in protests in opposition to the election outcomes.
Mr Biti was freed on $5,000 (£Four,300) bail, and ordered to give up his passport.
“We are in a position to assist on combating,” he informed newshounds.
In a tweet, Mr Mnangagwa said his intervention ended in Mr Biti’s originate.
“At this sort of essential time in the historical past of the brand new Zimbabwe, nothing is more critical than team spirit, peace and dialogue,” he added.
Nevertheless, Mr Mnangagwa said that as a consequence of the “extreme nature of the allegations” in opposition to Mr Biti, “due course of will proceed”.

Media captionBBC captures images of closing week’s put up-election violence in Harare
Within the intervening time, the UN refugee company said it was “gravely eager” by experiences that Mr Biti had been deported while seeking to reveal asylum in Zambia.
“Forcibly returning refugees and asylum-seekers to their nation of foundation is a extreme violation of world refugee laws,” the company said in a press originate.
Mr Biti’s lawyer Gilbert Phiri said Zambia’s High Court dominated on Wednesday night that Mr Biti could probably aloof now not be deported unless a “judicial evaluation” of the authorities’s option to reject his asylum utility.
Nevertheless, Zambian immigration and cops refused to get the court docket papers, and surrendered him to Zimbabwean laws enforcement officers at the Chirundu border put up, about 350km (220 miles) north of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, Mr Phiri said.

‘Taking revenge’
By Kennedy Gondwe, BBC Africa, Lusaka
The Zambian authorities has doubtlessly taken its revenge on Mr Biti by deporting him to Zimbabwe.
Mr Biti got here to Zambia closing year to sigh solidarity with opposition chief Hakaide Hichilema after he was arrested on treason fees.
He was scathing in his criticism of Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu, accusing him of behaving worship then-President Mugabe by focused on Mr Hichilema. So, it is now not magnificent that Zambia has deported him.
Zambia’s ruling Patriotic Entrance (PF) birthday party has continuously been a staunch ally of Zanu-PF, which has been in vitality since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980. Its founding chief, the gradual Michael Sata, was impressed by Mr Mugabe, and worship him regarded the MDC as a “puppet of the West”.
When Mr Sata fashioned the birthday party in 2001, he named it PF to signal that it will forge shut ties with Zanu-PF. The connection stays solid some 17 years later, albeit with new leaders at the helm of the 2 events.
 
Mr Biti is one of the senior opposition chief to be detained since Mr Mnangagwa took position of labor.
On Wednesday, Zambia’s International Minister Joe Malanji informed the BBC that Mr Biti’s grounds for asylum were ancient.

Media captionBBC captures images of closing week’s put up-election violence in Harare
The police are making an attempt for eight a form of senior opposition officials in reference to put up-election violence.
The MDC Alliance has confirmed that this would per chance well position the presidential election consequence in court docket, announcing it was marred by “immense theft and fraud”.
The electoral commission says there was “completely no skulduggery”.
Mr Mnangagwa obtained 50.eight% of the vote, compared with Mr Chamisa’s forty Four.Three%. The final votes went to 21 a form of candidates.
Mr Biti was the minister of finance in a team spirit authorities fashioned after disputed elections in 2008 – and is credited with serving to stabilise the economic system after years of hyperinflation. BBC NEWS IMAGES BY BBC NEWS

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