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Zimbabwe bars opposition leader from key Africa meeting

Zimbabwe bars opposition leader from key Africa meeting

Tendai Biti
by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News)
– ZIMBAWEAN authorities have denied a beleaguered opposition politician his travel documents to enable him to travel to Uganda for a crucial continental meeting.

Acting Prosecutor-General, Kumbirai Hodzi, turned down a request by Tendai Biti, a principal of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance who is charged with flouting electoral laws following his declaration party leader won the presidential poll ahead of incumbent Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Biti and MDC Alliance claimed the election was rigged against Nelson Chamisa.

The military shot dead six people in the resultant protest.

Biti, the legislator for Harare East, had through his lawyers sought the temporary release of his passport to allow him attend the meeting convened by the African Organisation of Public Accounts Committees (AFROPAC) next week.

AFROPAC invited the former finance minister to attend in his capacity as Chairperson of the Zimbabwean Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee.

The Harare Magistrates Court is currently holding Biti’s passport as part of his bail conditions.

Hodzi turned down the request by Biti and his legal team on the basis that he was facing criminal charges at the same court.

Biti, an MDC founding member, is meanwhile challenging of chief prosecutor Michael Reza’s suitability in his trial.

He claims bias by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) official.

– CAJ News

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