Biti convicted, escapes jail time

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Chengetai Zvauya

MDC Alliance deputy national chairman, Tendai Biti, has been convicted and ordered to pay $200 fine for contravening the Electoral Act by announcing last year’s presidential election results.

In August last year, Biti held a press conference and announced that MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa had won the presidential elections against Zanu PF’s candidate President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Harare magistrate Gloria Takundwa today slapped Biti with a suspended six month prison sentence and ordered him to pay $200 fine or go to jail for seven days.

The prison sentence was wholly suspended for five years on condition that Biti does not commit a similar offence within that period.

Takundwa said the announcement by Biti had undermined the Zimbabwe Election Commission, a constitutional body mandated with the administration of the harmonised elections.