Biti co-authored the guide, Democracy Works, with former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Dr Greg Mills from the Brenthurst Basis and Jeffrey Herbst, president of the American Jewish College.
He tweeted on Thursday night time that 18 copies of the guide had been dispatched by its publishers to Zimbabwe early in January.
“We had been ridiculously requested to pay obligation, which we did. Now the president’s workplace, a euphemism for the CIO, has kidnapped these books. Who does this?” he tweeted.
The books had been despatched from Johannesburg to Harare by publishers Pan Macmillan by the courier firm DHL. DHL first contacted Biti to tell him that he needed to pay obligation on the books, which was unusual to him, however he obliged.
He was then contacted by the one that was supposed to gather the books who mentioned they’d been seized and had been on the president’s workplace.
“I used to be advised to go to the airport to type it out, however I have never gone as a result of I am not going to permit myself to be inconvenienced by a fascist state,” Biti advised Information24.
Terry Morris, managing director of Pan Macmillan, mentioned he was very anxious concerning the books being seized.
“This guide is a optimistic commentary on the ability of democracy to make sure financial progress and political stability and is a vital guide for residents to have the ability to entry and browse. Freedom to learn, focus on and debate are elementary pillars of democracy that must be protected and celebrated.”
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