Stringent terms attached to Tendai Biti's $5,000 bail

Former Zimbabwean finance minister and leading opposition figure, Tendai Biti arrived back in Zimbabwe on Thursday after the Zambian government reportedly denied him asylum seeker status.

Biti fled to Zambia on Wednesday after he was charged with inciting post-election violence in Zimbabwe.

The United Nations refugee agency has slammed the Zambian government for refusing to grant him asylum.

Read: MDC Alliance spokesperson confirms Tendai Biti has not been arrested

This is certainly an attempt to revert to the Robert Mugabe regime tactics of intimidation and silencing the opposition.

Nigel Nyamutumbu, Co-ordinator at Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

Biti was released on $5,000 bail by a court in Harare on Thursday evening under stringent conditions which include reporting to police twice a day and refraining from addressing the public.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has admitted that Biti was offered bail because of his intervention in the matter.

But Nyamutumbu this intervention is problematic because it shows that the President can give orders to the judiciary.

What this means is that we have the judiciary that is highly compromised to an extent that it takes orders from the Executive.

Nigel Nyamutumbu, Co-ordinator at Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

It also means that whomever the Executive does not approve of or doesn't like will suffer the same fate as Biti. This means the courts operate at the will of Mnangagwa.

Nigel Nyamutumbu, Co-ordinator at Media Alliance of Zimbabwe

To hear the rest of the conversation with Nigel Nyamutumbu, listen below:


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