Category: Crime and Courts

Biti granted $5000 bail

MDC Alliance co-principal, Tendai Biti appeared before Harare magistrate, Mr Francis Mapfumo today and was granted a $5 000 bail. Biti is facing charges of contravening Section 36 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act (Chapter 9:23), public violence and also contravening Section 66(a)(1) of the Electoral Act (Chapter 2:13) which prohibits unofficial or false declaration of election results. As part of his bail conditions, Biti was ordered to report twice a day to CID Law and Order and directed to surrender title deeds to his Chisipite house. He was also ordered not to hold any press conference...

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JUST IN: Biti arrested

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has confirmed that Tendai Biti has been arrested and is now in police custody. Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the arrest saying Biti is being charged for contravening  Section 36 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9.23 on public violence and also contravening Section 66  1(a) of the Electoral Act Chapter 2.13 – unofficial or fake declaration of results.  “The police have confirmed the arrest of Tendai Biti and we are working towards ensuring he will be in court by end of the day today,” said...

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Biti skips into Zambia

MDC Alliance co-principal, Tendai Biti has skipped the country at a time when police are looking for him in connection to utterances he made concerning the election results and violence that engulfed Harare recently. Biti skipped the country into Zambia when police had indicated that they wanted to question him following riots that led to the death of six people and the destruction of property as well as the setting alight of a number of vehicles in Harare. Before the proclamation of the presidential election results by ZEC, Biti had made utterances alleging that MDC Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa...

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We are ready for Concourt: MDC Alliance

Nelson Chamisa’s lead counsel, Advocate Thabani Mpofu says the legal advisory team is now ready to challenge in the Constitutional Court (Concourt) presidential results announced by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, but did not specify when exactly they will be approaching the courts. At numerous other press conferences, the MDC Alliance has indicated that they have gathered enough evidence but they continue to appeal to ordinary citizens to bring forth any evidence that might assist them in their case.       In yet another one of its now familiar press conferences, the MDC Alliance through Advocate Mpofu said it has now completed...

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MDC Alliance supporters granted bail  

Harare Magistrate Mr Francis Vitorini has granted US$50 bail to each of the 27 MDC Alliance supporters charged for public violence which rocked Harare last Wednesday. Vitorini ruled that the state led by Chief Law Officer Michael Reza had failed to prove personal circumstances of each of the accused persons on the day the offence took place and also failed to pursue compelling reasons for denial of bail. In his ruling, Vitorini also castigated the state for a systematic failure to prove the compelling grounds for denial of bail to the accused.  He said the court cannot be reduced...

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