HARARE – Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) vice president Tendai Biti was arrested by armed police on Monday, his party said.
CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said police “declined” to tell the former finance minister why he was being detained.
“The vice president was unlawfully arrested in Greendale by three armed police officers including the officer in charge of Rhodesville Police Station,” said Mahere.
“Police have declined to advise him of the charges.”
Biti was detained outside the Letombo Spar supermarket, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said after sending lawyers to Harare Central Police Station where the 55-year-old is held.
Biti spent the weekend on the campaign trail in Harare East ahead of by-elections on March 26.
He was controversially recalled as MP for the constituency in 2020 in what his party says is a conspiracy between the ruling Zanu PF party, its puppet MDC-T party and politically-corrupted judges.
The CCC, led by Nelson Chamisa, was launched last month after the MDC-T, aided by judges, appropriated the MDC Alliance name.
Chamisa has called for the reform of state institutions including the police and judiciary which he says are being used to suppress his party from organising.