By A Correspondent| Opposition MDC Alliance vice President Tendai Biti has explained circumstances surrounding the warrant of arrest issued against him by the Harare Magistrates court yesterday.
Biti exposed a sinister agenda pushed by State Prosecutors Michael Reza and Marlvern Mapako who connived and misdirected him into a different court-room while his matter was being heard in another resulting in the warrant of arrest.
While Biti was waiting for the Magistrate Vongai Guwuriro Muchuchuti who has been handling his case to arrive and start proceedings in Court 14, Reza was already in another courtroom applying for a warrant of arrest against him.
“A prosecutor Malvern Mapako, in charge of Court 14, told me to wait in his court for that’s where Guriro’s matters were being handled in her absence by magistrate (Chipo) Mabhande.
“Prosecutor Reza then sneaked on the record and got a warrant at 9.03AM. To my surprise The Herald had a full story by 9AM. Court theoretically starts at 9AM but you are likely to start at 9.30AM on any given day. For some reason, I decided to go to court early, I was there by 8.30AM,” Biti told a local online publication.
Biti has also accused Reza of acting like a Political Commissar desperately pursuing a vindictive agenda to have him locked up.
“Neither (President Emmerson) Mnangwagwa nor his political commissars masquerading as prosecutors will stop wheels of change,” he added.
The charge against Biti relates to an alleged incident that happened outside the Harare Magistrates Court November 30, 2020 when he confronted controversial land baron Kenneth Raydon Sharpe’s aide Tatiana Aleshina over her interference in the trial of Harare businessman George Katsimberis.
Katsimberis reported Sharpe to the police for malicious damage to property after the latter connived with City of Harare officials to destroy a show house he built at Teviotdale and Whitwell Road, Borrowdale as part of their joint venture agreement.
According to Biti, Aleshina was spotted whispering to the state prosecutor during court proceedings which the recalled Harare East legislator raised a complaint against.
After the court hearing, Aleshina confronted Biti shouting at the top of her voice that he should not mention her name.
Aleshina later reported Biti for assault at a police station.
Prosecutors say Biti threatened her by pointing a finger at her face, shouting insults at the top of his voice “intending to inspire fear of belief into her mind”.
Biti denied the charge and his party described it as “trumped up” and a “weaponisation of the law” to target party members and officials.
The United States government has also voiced concern saying they are closely following the case against Biti.