Reports from highly placed sources within the MDC Alliance indicate that police and state security agents have rounded off the home of mother to senior party member Tendai Biti as they hunt for the opposition leader who has been in hiding since Tuesday.
According to the reports, at least five police vehicles with armed officers have remained parked outside the house for the last twenty four hours.
Biti is wanted by the police after he gave a statement in a press conference that the opposition party had won both the parliamentary and presidential elections that were held on Monday.
According to Zimbabwean laws, no one is allowed to make public declaration of election results before the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission makes an official announcement.
Police and state security have attributed Biti’s declaration to a series of violent incidents that erupted in Harare on Wednesday when it became apparent that the MDC Alliance had in fact not won the election.
At the same press conference, Biti further claimed that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga had ordered for his assassination together with the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa.
Police have been hunting for him since Tuesday. Sources close to Biti indicated on Thursday that he was intending handing himself over to the police.
Biti was arrested in 2013 for a similar offence when he declared that the late MDC founding president Morgan Tsvangirai had won the presidential election held in that year.
ZimEye.com could not immediately get a comment from both Biti and members of his family.