Biti addresses meeting at MDC-T Mutare headquarters

Tendai Biti speaking at the meeting

By Tererai Karimakwenda
SW Radio Africa
05 May 2014

The former secretary general of the MDC-T, Tendai Biti, added to confusion over his so-called ‘renewal team’ as he addressed supporters at the MDC-T headquarters in Mutare, during what has been described as a “inter-district consultative meeting” by one official.

Speaking at a venue that has been a no-go to the Tsvangirai camp, Biti told the estimated 100 supporters that the group was in a transition which required holding on to the MDC party name, but would definitely have their own name as a party in the future.

“This movement, the renewal movement, is in its formative stages. We are in that transition where we have to hold on to the name MDC for certain strategic reasons,” Biti is quoted as saying.

Critics dismissed that assertion, pointing to the fact that changing the name immediately would lead to the loss of parliamentary seats for legislators in their camp, as well as their monthly income and other government supplied perks.

The row over what happens to legislators who won their seats under the MDC-T banner will now apparently be left to the speaker of parliament to resolve. The parliamentary speaker, Jacob Mudenda, is reported to have confirmed receiving submissions from both camps, and says he is still studying the issue.

Pishai Muchauraya, fthe ormer MDC-T spokesperson for Manicaland who was suspended from the Tsvangirai camp earlier this year, insisted they were still the real MDC-T and Tendai Biti is not the former secretary general, but the “bonafide” secretary general of the party.

Muchauraya told SW Radio Africa the Mutare meeting was intended to chart the way forward and make resolutions regarding recent developments, including their suspension of party president Morgan Tsvangirai and his allies.

“We wanted to get feedback from the people to know what is happening on the ground and we were so happy that the people of Manicaland endorsed the suspension of Morgan Tsvangirai and his hooligans,” Muchauraya said.

He added that the Mutare offices and vehicles did not belong to the Tsvangirai party and were actually donated by individuals within the MDC-T, and no one should claim otherwise. Tsvangirai, he said, is a “compromised leader who cannot deliver change in 2018”.

Muchauraya confirmed that they had already made submissions to parliament as early as last Monday, seeking to protect their legislators the House. The MDC-T submission to parliament was made later on Friday by deputy president Thokozani Khupe, who sought to withdraw all MPs implicated in the leadership renewal plot.

Nine MPs have been identified as renewal supporters by the Tsvangirai camp and are facing dismissal from parliament. They include Biti himself, Solomon Madzore, Paul Madzore, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, Evelyn Masaiti and the outspoken Settlement Chikwinya, who sparked much debate in the House.

The Tsvangirai camp was already blocked from accessing the Mutare office even before the split, after a row in the provincial leadership led to suspensions and intensified infighting ahead of provincial elections last year.

Party officials who attended the Mutare meeting included the former MP for Makoni South and provincial spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya, former Mutare Mayor Brian James and Patrick Sagandira.

Ironically it is now ZANU PF that will settle this dispute in the opposition.

2 Responsesto “Biti addresses meeting at MDC-T Mutare headquarters”

  1. Wilbert Mukori says:

    What is Biti wittering about; if he is serious about re-launching his political career after the years of damaging political blunders then he is starting on the wrong foot. He is shooting himself in the leg with the starting gun!

    The nation has already established that what we need to do to end this corrupt and tyrannical Zanu PF dictatorship are democratic changes to end the tyrant’s control of state institutions like the Judiciary, Police, ZEC, etc. Without these undemocratic powers then Mugabe and Zanu PF will not be able to rig elections. Tsvangirai, Tendai Biti and the rest of MDC leaders accepted this and had democratic change incorporated in the party’s name and has been their rallying call ever since.

    MDC has had many, many opportunities to deliver the promised democratic changes but the party has wasted all the chances because of the breath-taking incompetence of all its leaders including Tsvangirai and Tendai Biti themselves. The party had everything in its favour during to GNU to get the agreed reforms implemented to achieve the democratic changes but after
    five years in government failed to get even one reform implemented.

    MDC’s betrayal and failure to deliver democratic changes has changed nothing; the key to ending the Zanu PF corrupt and tyrannical rule is still the same – implement the democratic reforms.

  2. Percy Malunga says:

    Tsvangirai and Biti are both confused and power hungry. None of the two should point a finger to the other for being power hungry. Now the electorate is being taken for a ride. A neutral Investigation team was supposed to be chosen to find out if all these sell-out allegations were true or not and those involved to be put to their defence without these summary dismissals without tangible evidence as this proves costly for the party. These two were supposed to put people first and their personal vendettas last. Both the two have sellout allegations levelled against them. These two were supposed to come together, discuss and settle their differences for the betterment of the people. They should forgive each other and map the way foward without causing much confusion to the electorate . Tsvangirai himself should also learn to listen and take constructive advice from others and that is why people are in this dilemma. As a leader, he is not supposed to listen from the same people all the time and neglecting others as this creates political camps within a party which is dangerous. Right now we know Chamisa, Mwonzora and Komichi are his blue- eyed boys. It’s not too late to solve the issue but if Tsvangirai has dictatorial tendencies, it’s difficult to solve.

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