Twitter reacts to Tendai Biti’s arrest. The arrest, and subsequent detention of Tendai Biti yesterday had been met with mixed feelings on Twitter with many Twimbos( Zimbabweans on Twitter) claiming it was a political arrest while others are saying it was gender-based violence and he should have been arrested. Here are some of the reactions to the MDC T VP’s arrest and detention over calling someone an idiot:
Nomaliso Musasiwa: Men will always defend abusers in positions of power. No one should be threatened and verbally abused for having a different opinion. Biti was out of order. I do not tolerate abusive men in anyplace. Biti was abusive and must face the law #16DaysOfActivismAgainstGBV
Jameson Timba: We call out Idiots every day because they are many in Zimbabwe including those governing us. If that is a crime then the majority of the voting population should be in jail. The arrest of our Vice President Tendai Biti for allegedly calling a Russian woman idiot is a new low.
Lilly Nyoni: I think we’re mixing 2 separate issues, Biti’s conduct vs the equal application of the law. If any Joe Blogs go to CID Law& Order to report this case, wld the accused be thrown into jail? If our answer is No then what’s happening to Biti is wrong.
- VP @BitiTendai is awaiting the start of his hearing. He reiterates that the real issue is his involvement in litigation concerning the Airport Rd scandal involving Augur Investments. The corrupt deal prejudiced @cohsunshinecity of thousands of hectares of land.
- On 30 Nov 2020, VP @BitiTendai , in the course & scope of representing his client (a victim of the corrupt deal), complained to the magistrate about the unlawful interference with the prosecution by Tatiana Aleshini who is neither a witness or complainant in his client’s case.
- Tatiana Aleshini advanced at VP @BitiTendai & protested the mention of her name in court. She threatened to “report him to Ken Sharpe” while menacingly pointing her finger at him. He stated that lawyers have the right to represent their clients. There was no physical assault.
- He denies committing any offence or otherwise threatening or assaulting her. “There is no substance to the charges,” he says. VP @BitiTendai is the one went to @PoliceZimbabwe on his own to clear his name after the story appeared in the newspapers. While there, he was detained
Alex Magaisa: The regime will continue to turn the screws against opposition leaders. It does this to flaunt raw power. The police routinely process cases of common assault without committing an accused to detention. In this case there’s not even an allegation of physical assault or harm.
Piers Pigou: What happened to the police “investigation” into Chinamasa’s incitement of ZanuPF hordes?
Like their promised investigations of 2008 violence… Aug 2018 Harare killings, January 2019 killings, torture, abductions, etc etc. Is this really the best they can do?
Tinashe Mushayavanhu: Biti must just learn to control his volcanic tempers before he gets himself into to a real pickle one day. Sid he not once call Mthuli Ncube detritus on Twitter? He must focus. Now he is calling ZimBorders folks Mthuli’s friends.
US Embassy In Harare: A true democracy leaves no space for arbitrary arrests of opposition political figures. We will watch the developments closely in Tendai Biti’s case.
The News Hawks: The Russian businesswoman Tatiana Aleshina accusing MDC Alliance deputy leader Tendai Biti of attacking her saying you are a “stupid idiot”, Tatiana Aleshina, is related to Russian tycoon Ken Sharpe by marriage and is close to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia
Solomon Harudzibwi: Good morning @TatianaAl66I gladly join @BitiTendai in calling you STUPID for smuggling #NoToGenderBasedViolence into your verbal exchange with Biti. People like you trivialize real victims. Gender-based violence is a very serious matter that has left some women dead
ZimLive: Tendai Biti’s assault accuser was hospitalised “as her condition had deteriorated,” prosecution says. The sudden health crisis was sparked by the MDC vice president calling Tatiana Aleshina a “stupid, very stupid, stupid idiot”
#UPDATE Russian woman whose report to police led to arrest of MDC vice president Tendai Biti for assault confirms there was no physical contact, but says Biti ‘violently pointed finger’ at her and called her ‘stupid’. Tatiana Aleshina claims its gender violence. Biti due in court
Job Sikhala: The arrest of my brother and Vice president Tendai Biti is not only stupid but evil and satanic. He reported to the Police after they requested him to report. They then refused to take him to Court today. Evil breeds madness
Hopewell Chin’ono: @mdczimbabwe Vice President and senior Zimbabwean lawyer, @BitiTendai, was arrested and detained overnight for allegedly pointing and calling a Russian lady “stupid.” Before his arrest, Tendai Biti reported that he was on the verge of exposing a huge corruption scandal!
Fadzai Mahere: The arrest & detention of @BitiTendai are most regrettable. It’s not a crime to call a person an “idiot”. It doesn’t constitute assault under s89 of the Code. This is abuse of the law to silence Biti & divert attention from the Airport Rd scandal which he’s unearthing.#FreeBiti
Dominic Nyakudya: Kembo Mohadi wanted to kill his wife with an axe, Zanu Pf kept quiet. Chiwenga is abusing Mary and Zanu is quiet. Biti calls a woman an idiot and is detained in cells and Zanu Pf speaks that it defends women’s rights. #ZanuPfMustGo