By Tererai Karimakwenda
03 October 2012
The MDC-T has unleashed a tirade of criticism against ZANU PF officials who they say are looting the country’s resources, after a group posing as war vets blocked access to Finance Minister Tendai Biti’s office.
A statement from the party said they condemn the “barbaric behavior” displayed by the war vets on Tuesday afternoon, when they locked the access doors to the Minister’s government offices.
It is not clear what the so-called war vets were after, but the MDC-T dismissed them as “hired thugs who have been made to hold a mock demonstration at the minister’s offices in order to divert attention from the real looters of the country’s resources.”
“Instead of marching to Minister Biti’s offices, these self-styled war veterans should have demonstrated at the offices of Obert Mpofu, the Minister of Mines and Mining Development,” the MDC-T said.
They also named Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere and Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo, saying they are among the “corrupt politicians who are buying helicopters, airplanes, boats and mansions outside the country from the diamond proceeds.“
The MDC-T said: “The behaviour is totally uncalled for as it happens when the Finance Minister is frantically trying to source revenue to fund various government projects, including the salaries for thousands of civil servants including their bonuses.”
This is not the first time that ZANU PF supporters claiming to be war vets have demonstrated at Biti’s offices, accusing him of holding back funds that are due to them and blocking wage increases for civil servants.
Biti has insisted there are no funds in the treasury for wage increases. He says the government has a budget deficit of over $400 million, which the minister attributes to senior ZANU PF officials who are not remitting funds from the sale of Chiadzwa diamonds.