Opposition politician and former finance minister Tendai Biti is a happy man after Harare Magistrate Takundwa granted an application which was made by Biti’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa for the proceedings to be live streamed by accredited media houses. The ruling has been welcomed in many quarters as a major boost for transparency. This becomes the second time that court proceedings have been live streamed after the Constitutional Court allowed ZBC to live stream the presidential challenge by Nelson Chamisa back in August. Magistrate Takundwa insisted that the Live streaming must be done in a manner which does not interfere with the proceedings.
Biti is facing charges of inciting post-election violence. He is also facing charges of contravening Section 66A (1) of the Electoral Act Chapter 2:13, which prohibits the unofficial or false declaration of election results. His trial is expected to run for the rest of this week in Court 17 at Rotten Row Magistrates Court.