Tendai Biti says he was left traumatised after he was tortured by security agents while trying to flee to Zambia. He now wants to go to South Africa to undergo post-traumatic stress disorder treatment and counselling.

He is now seeking his passport from the court. His lawyer Harrison Nkomo submitted a letter from an NGO inviting Biti. “We have been following your situation since 8 August 2018. We hereby invite you to receive mental health service at our clinic. Our clinicians have over 10 years’ experience working with victims towards healing from the impact of their trauma experiences.”

Nkomo also added :“Over and above, Biti wants to travel to Tunisia to attend a conference by Pan African Lawyers Union. He was selected together with Precious Chakasikwa by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights to represent Zimbabwe at the conference which starts from today to 30 September, including travel dates,” he said.

The State represented by chief law officer Michael Reza opposed the application, saying Biti has never said he has a mental health problem and noted that the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, who had nominated Biti for the Tunisia trip, were also challenging the decision to take away Biti’s passport.

Magistrate Mapfumo postponed the matter to today for ruling.