Take a chill pill Biti

HARARE - Finance minister Tendai Biti is a man of significant energy, courage and conviction. And his love for his country is unquestionable.

Indeed, Biti has demonstrated these laudable qualities time and again over the past decade — particularly as Zanu PF’s lunacy reached diabolic levels leading to the ill-fated 2008 polls where the minister’s boss, Morgan Tsvangirai trounced President Robert Mugabe in the presidential race to no avail.

Sadly, the MDC secretary general is also all-too-often prone to distinctive and debilitating foibles. He is excitable and can sometimes, to his disadvantage and discredit over-estimate himself — be it at a party or government level.

But even going by this known and lesser than stellar side of him, he has out-done himself over the last week with his unseemly utterances and ill-considered attacks on the private media, including the Daily News — for allegedly misreporting on him.

Among other recent injudicious remarks, he has blabbed to the whole world about Zimbabwe’s poverty and the alleged fact that government coffers only had the princely sum of $217 at one point. Of course, Biti later tried to wriggle out of this howler, claiming — among other things — that his statement had been taken out of context.

This is bad politics.

While this cowboy, shoot-from-the-hip style of his was understandable — and sometimes even endearing — when Biti was one of the poor MDC souls that was suffering terribly at the hands of Zanu PF, it is now out of place, downright embarrassing and wholly unbecoming of a Finance minister; especially one who hungers to be loved and respected.

No wonder, on the face of it, Biti currently finds himself well and truly up the creek on all fronts — inside his own party, in government and with the former ruling party (Zanu PF) — without a paddle nogal.

It is really difficult to symphathise with him at the moment as he is hoist with his own petard!

Many Zimbabweans will be hoping that all this is just a manifestation of the fact that he is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to events that result in psychological trauma — such as the savage thuggery that he and his other MDC colleagues suffered at the hands of Zanu PF in the past decade and-a-half.

In that case, seeking professional help may assist Mr Minister Sir! For your sake, your party’s and the country’s. - Staff Writer

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