>> Tendai Biti has become the first senior politician to be arrested in the aftermath of last week's disputed Zimbabwean elections. The former finance minister was detained as he tried to cross into neighboring Zambia where, according to his lawyer, he was planning to seek asylum, fearing for his life.
Biti has criticized the running of the election. The first since Robert Mugabe was removed from power, and in which incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner.>> We are, however, seriously concerned about evidence of interference with the people's will. And that is being displayed by the authorities.
>> Biti's Peoples Democratic Party has formed a pre-election alliance with the Movement for Democratic Change. Whose leader and presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa has accused the ruling Zanu-PF of trying to steal the election. Six people were killed in a post vote army crackdown against protestors, Mnangagwa has blamed that on the MDC.
And on Tuesday authorities said they were looking for Biti in relation to the violence, as well at two other MDC figures. Biti's lawyer, Nqobizitha Mlilo, said his client had been in hiding since last week. And was arrested when he presented himself to Zambian immigration officials in a building they share with Zimbabwean officials.
A police spokeswoman said she had no information on Biti's arrest. The turmoil has been reminiscent of the long rule of Mugabe, who was toppled in a de facto military coup last November. On Wednesday, the MDC confirmed it would be challenging the outcome of the poll in the courts, saying that Mnangagwa's win was a quote, mammoth theft and fraud.