Zambia govt deports Zimbabwean opposition politician

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Zambia has deported senior Zimbabwean politician Tendai Biti.

Mr Biti is being accused of unlawfully announcing opposition candidate, Nelson Chamisa, as winner of the recent presidential election.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance’s supporters are demanding that Mr Chamisa be declared the winner.

BBC reports that Mr Biti’s arrest warrant says he “unlawfully” announced that Mr Chamisa had won the election.

About six people have been killed few days after the vote.

On Wednesday, Mr Biti’s appeal for safe protection in Zambia was rejected.

There was a lot of hope that the elections would bring real change after the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule last November.

Gilbert Phiri, lawyer to Mr Biti, said “Zambia’s High Court ruled on Wednesday night that Mr Biti should not be deported until a judicial review of the government’s decision to reject his asylum application.

“However, Zambian immigration and police officers refused to accept the court papers, and surrendered him to Zimbabwean law enforcement officers at the Chirundu border post.

“The Zambian government has probably taken its revenge on Mr Biti by deporting him to Zimbabwe”, Mr Phiri said.

“Mr Biti came to Zambia last year to show solidarity with opposition leader, Hakaide Hichilema, after he was arrested on treason charges.

“He was scathing in his criticism of Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu, accusing him of behaving like then-President Mugabe by targeting Mr Hichilema. So, it is not surprising that Zambia has deported him.”

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