Biti Handed Over to Zimbabwe Authorities…as Siliya says Court Order was Delivered Late

Information Minister Dora Siliya has confirmed that former Zimbabwean Finance Minister Tendai Biti has been handed back to the Zimbabwean authorities.

And Siliya said the court order restraining Zambian authorities handing over Biti to the Zimbabwean authorities was served after the former Finance Minister had already been surrendered.

Biti had been detained at the Chirundu Border Post after attempting to seek asylum in Zambia following an arrest warrant issued by the Zimbabwean authorities.

Siliya said that Biti’s request did not meet conditions for asylum as there was no breakdown of law and order in Zimbabwe in the aftermath of elections that saw the ZANU-PF’s Emerson Mnangagwa declared winner.

“Mr Tendai Biti presented himself to the Zambian authorities at the border in Chirundu and unlike any other Zimbabwean entering Zambia, he presented himself seeking asylum. He was held at the border following consultations with government and after the conclusion of consultations particularly with the Ministry of Home Affairs it was deduced that he did not qualify for asylum,” Siliya said.

“One can only seek asylum if their country of origin is under massive violence and there is total breakdown of law and order and indeed the lives of citizens there are threatened. In this case, it was concluded that did not apply to Mr Tendai Biti and has been handed back to the Zimbabwean authorities and not deported because he was not in Zambia illegally, he had been denied entry into Zambia. He was being held at the border pending consultations.”

Siliya added: “In this case he was just handed back to the Zimbabwean authorities.”

She said, “On the matter he managed to get the court order, consultations with the office of the Attorney General show that he had already been handed back to the Zimbabwean authorities when this court order was apparently handed.”




  1. Mwaliteta


  2. Jmb

    Comment You would have just allowed him.

  3. Lenias

    Useless pf cater

  4. Bruno mars the moonshine jungle master

    Yes he should go

  5. G-Bally

    Let him face the charges cause he is a culprit.

  6. Leon

    Africa is undergoing a second phase of colonialism but it’s good for freedom fighters s and I support them real freedom or democracy will come after 50 years if people of Africa will contain their anger

  7. Kampeni

    1. You don’t tell people before elections that: ” there will be Armageddon if I don’t win”-ZAMBIA
    2. You don’t tell people before voting that “I have already won the elections.” KENYA
    3. You don’t tell people before elections that you are not going to accept any other result in the election apart from you winning-ZIMBABWE
    4. You do not announce election results and declare the winner when you are not an authority-TENDAI BITI- ZIMBABWE.

    Tendai Biti is responsible for 6 deaths in Zimbabwe. Is there anything wrong for authorities to want to question him?

    Now I know that the saying “The guilty are afraid.” is true.

  8. Wogani mbantu

    Biti one time said zambia is failed state and our president is undemocratic for arresting HH. kikikkiki…… Bing hosted by undemocratic when u are more democractic. Zambia remain a shining example 2 many countries who hav turn 2 democracy has modal of chosing they leaders. Mr biti is opposite party leader and must measure his words 2 avoid conflict with the law.

  9. Truth man

    Zimbabwe should learn from Zambia. I hate the arrogance of Zimbabweans they always boast of being clever and educated but at the end of it they look foolish.I remember how during their struggle for Independence,Zambians welcomed them and gave support and we even lost lives but they never show gratitude.In most cases they always laugh at us and say we are backward.This was a good move to show a clever man the way forward. Well done Zambia.

  10. Starboy

    Oh!! kanshi these are the conditions for seeking asylum? since Zambia is under massive violence of burning markets we will all seek asylum to other countries I didn’t know

  11. Wongani mbantu

    In africa,opposition political parties hav no trust in electrol bodies bcoz are appointd by sitting presidents but we compare our system 2 the old american democratic system which went through what we are facing now bcoz we where told good and bad part of democracy. Election body must b respect let them do their job without bin hijack by those who wants power.

  12. sim1

    Ya the minister is right,he falsely declaired mdc as winners of election which led to unrest in zimbabwe and running away cowardly,stay their and face yo lies.stupid biti.

  13. HOMMIE 24

    Yes he doesnt have room in this country

  14. FGM

    Zimbabwe was not at peace. Three people were shot. Why was the handover hastily done? African politics are dangerous. The same is happening Congo DR .The opposition are never fairly treated.

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