Biti comes out in the open

HARARE - After months of frenzied speculation and strenuous denials, MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti came out in the open yesterday on his long reported opposition to party president Morgan Tsvangirai.

Always believed to be the main player behind the so-called renewal team, Biti was part of the faction that moved yesterday to “suspend” Tsvangirai and other senior MDC leaders such as vice-president Thokozani Khupe, national chairman Lovemore Moyo, organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and spokesman Douglas Mwonzora after a meeting of the rebels.

Yesterday’s dramatic developments also played out as another damning dossier surfaced claiming that a group of Rhodies, comprising mainly disillusioned former commercial farmers, was heavily involved in the alleged multi-pronged plot to destroy Tsvangirai and effect illegal leadership change in the MDC.

The move not only heralds the official split of the feuding MDC factions but, it is also set to shake down the opposition party to its core, amid fears that the party may implode altogether as the combatants engage in a brutal political and legal war over who is in charge of both the party and its assets.

The rebels’ meeting was chaired by maverick party elder and legislator Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, who announced the suspensions, as well as the annulling of the suspensions of various party members, including the expelled deputy treasurer general Elton Mangoma.

The rebel’s guardian council also announced that another party elder, Sekai Holland, would now take charge of the affairs of the party and prepare it for an elective congress.

But it was Biti who hogged the limelight yesterday, and he was the one to announce that Tsvangirai would be charged with violation of the party’s constitution as well as bringing the party into disrepute.

“Dear leader Morgan Tsvangirai has failed as a leader, is now clearly unsuitable, has failed and we now do not recognise him as a member of either the national standing committee or any other organ of the party. We as the democratic group with the MDC have resolved to use our constitutional right and dis-associate ourselves from this group,” Biti told yesterday’s Press conference in Harare.

Biti was also mandated with writing to Parliament to notify the speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda, that “no parliamentarian or councillor would be fired unless there was in the constitution of the MDC a clause that called for recalls.

“The will of the povo (people) that voted in these officials shall remain supreme up to the end of their terms,” Biti said.

A fresh dossier obtained by the Daily News on Sunday says that former Rhodesians have mobilised “huge amounts of money” which is being channelled through clandestine structures to oust Tsvangirai and take over control of the party, in subversive initiatives that effectively compliment other anti-Tsvangirai “missions” allegedly involving Zanu PF, Central Intelligence Organisation operatives and some Western donors.

Quoting one of the former farmers who was involved in the missions until a fall-out among the plotters, who allegedly include senior MDC leaders (names provided), led to the farmer’s unceremonious departure, the report says the Rhodies were agitating for a violent uprising in Zimbabwe, which Tsvangirai was completely opposed to.

“However, after finding (that) Tsvangirai has remained adamant on the need to continue pursuing peaceful democratic means, the ex-Rhodesians started searching for an alternative (leadership).

“Information revealed by sources directly involved shows that a plan was mooted in 2010 to identify an avenue that would lead to effecting leadership change in the MDC, following agreement among the ex-Rhodesians group that by going into a coalition government with Zanu PF, the Tsvangirai leadership had buried any possibility of it leading a violent uprising.

“The conclusion was that Tsvangirai as an individual was the major stumbling block and  ... (name supplied) was considered to be more radical as well as willing to pursue the agenda of confronting Zanu PF through violent means or a hard line stance,” the dossier says.

These schemes, the report adds, fitted wittingly and unwittingly into a long-term project by Zanu PF aimed at manipulating political processes in the country, as well as the ouster of Tsvangirai from the leadership of the MDC — as President Robert Mugabe’s party recognised that Tsvangirai was a real political threat.

Speaking at the Harare press conference, Biti said the purported suspensions of Tsvangirai, Khupe, Chamisa, Mwonzora, Morgen Komichi, Abednigo Bhebhe and Moyo had been effected because the MDC had abandoned its original values and principles of social democracy, justice, equality, liberty, transparency, non-violence, constitutionalism and servant leadership.

“We have come to the conclusion that the party has been hijacked by a dangerous fascist clique bent on destroying the same and totally working against the working people of Zimbabwe.

“We draw a line with our former colleagues in the use of parallel structures, including the use of vigilantes, kitchen cabinets and other informal means of transacting the business of the democratic party.

“No to the incorporation of Zanu PF traits that we ran away from. We pledge our commitment to a depersonalised struggle. The party has been personalised and privatised,” he said.

Sipepa Nkomo said: “We were saddened that the violence that we used to know from Zanu PF had creeped into our party when they began tormenting and torturing people by purging their chairperson and other officials in the provinces and the reason is that they were preparing for congress so that they can remove those they think will not vote for them because they love power so much”.

Speaking in Gutu yesterday ahead of Biti’s Harare Press conference,

Tsvangirai said: “We have those who are calling for me to step down.

“But why me and why are they putting a price to the struggle. The struggle is not all about money. I know that MDC is not all about

Tsvangirai but if you feel I must go do it through the proper procedures.”

Comments (67)

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wananchi - 27 April 2014

its sad that our dear party (MDC) is being destoyed by self greed. what about us the povo who sacrified much for this cause and all of a sudden our hope shattered like this.

ngodza - 27 April 2014

DAILY NEWS I thought that your role is to report truthfully? Ma one chaiwo. Herald inotori nani.

zimbabwe - 27 April 2014

The rebel group is not serious. They are not considering the lives of people who prished in the hands of ZANU PF. Many people died on the road to freedom. How can you say now you are changing the road. can you please sit down

Case - 27 April 2014

Biti and your crew,its quite clear yu are vultures, why not wait for congress, if not l thougt yu wud address the press,telling us yu are launching a new democratic party. Shame! Shame!. Yu were one of our negotiators ,little did we know yu were not negotiating. My good brothers, POLITICS maone. Ko chingoitai party yenyuka REBELS FOR DEMOCRACY PARTY. I think will be the best way to go and leave our SAVE for now alone. The congress will decide.

imvidzechembere walaz - 27 April 2014

“The will of the povo (people) that voted in these officials shall remain supreme up to the end of their terms,” Biti said....what has teh povo got to do with all this infighting in the mdc...biti (wanachi), stop dragging the povo into your shenanigans.

rodney - 27 April 2014

Please Biti, Sipepa, ChituMangoma, form your own party do not waste people's time, vanhu vakapreswa neupenyu imi tumbwa hatwo moswera kutisvota ,who are u after roh, u hooligans, manje mucharohwa mukangogura paHarvest House, mark my word now u idiots, or kupisirwa tumba ywenyu itwotwo twemari dzeku*a

Chinotimba - 27 April 2014

biti and your colLeagues you are taking the masses for granted. the truth is that you are power hungry and a bunch of greedy selfish politicians who do not have the stamina to form your own party. you want to use the big name of mdc to advance your own agendas. you are cowards. proffessor madhuku has been man enough to form his own party why dont you? after all where were you when the mdc was formed. remember you became the administrator of the party because the first secretary general of the party welshman ncube had left. we can always replace you and your colleagues. remember when we voted for our structures in 2011 nobody including you won convincingly. there are many gallant sons and daughters of zimbabwe ready to serve the party. the only person who was loved by all in 2011 is tsvangirai. now you are scared to stand against him at congress in 2016 and you decide to sell out. you are a sell out biti. we won't win the struggle with sell outs. at least it is a good time for you to show your true colours. i wonder what was going to happen if you had decided to sell out in 2017. anyway the truth shall soon dawn on you. we will stand by tsvangirai

dexter madhodha - 27 April 2014

Morgan Tsvangirai= MDC Biti and Mangoma do not waste your time and we know that you are Zanu PF agents. Form your own party and call it what ever name you want but not MDC -T sezvo majaira kukopa.

Sekuru Chakuchichi Bota Remhunga - 27 April 2014

chii chitsva chaungada kutipa iwe biti. hondo? kushandisa isu manje imi muchidirector maoperations muri mumasabhabha enyu. ndekupi kwakaitwa hondo nyika yacho ikazogadzikana. manyangira yaona varume. vazhinji venyu makangorohwa wani nezanu. iwe biti wanga warohwa maresults akarivheswa ndibhobho kuti aone kukushandisa. tinozviziva kuti wakarohwa paelection iwe. tangai zvenyu varume. congress yedu iriko muna 2016 zvenyu izvi matakanana chaiwo.

Dhodhaz - 27 April 2014

sipepa you are a snake,and pliz dont bother yo self coming to Lobengula, asifuni shit ubuze uCouncillor uNdlovu, uMcdonald ma engafuni ukuba ngu MP, sizohamba siye buleka uSGWAZI kumbe uMAFA eMagwegwe,

thokoza - 27 April 2014

Biti you have disappointed us. we respected you. Your election results were rigged to have you win. That's the reason. That's why you are representing Gono.

Mukanya - 27 April 2014

OK Mr Biti and crew we have heard your story.I wish to remind you that I (A duly registered Voting citizen) for one do not take you seriously.If your bandwagon of whites and foolish blacks think they can think and act on our behalf then you are sincerely wrong.Come election time I will vote for the real MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

Zimbabwean - 27 April 2014

Hatingashaiwi hope nevatengesi anaBiti avo 2018 is too far so regai vanoenda vaende tivake musangano zvakanaka . Midlands tangoita vatengesi anaChikwinya naSekai Hove wekudanana nepuruvheya Holland chete tinoti ngavaende . Hamba lingaphenduki TINA PANASAVE ASIJIKI

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 27 April 2014

The problem with some of us is that we do not look at the facts.Are the allegations against Tsvangirai true.Has Tsvangirai deviated from the founding principles of the party?Is he misusing party funds?Is he a womaniser?Has he lost focus on party business?If the answer to the above is yes then he is not fit to be a leader.Whether Biti is power hungry or not it is irrelevant.The truth is that Tsvangirai must go-he failed to lead us to the promised land.

Save Ndochi - 27 April 2014

No. fear Morgan. People are behind you. This is Africa. Those who think that leadership is about degrees can go hang. Ask Chinotimba, if you can face the lion that's all we want. Kare vanhu vainetsa saana Biti and Company taienda kumombe toumba mazamu avana amai vavo. Ndipo paionekwa mukuru. Approach yavana Biti inyengedza pwere. Standard 6 reasoning zvakare.

Agusto Chingadzodzo - 27 April 2014

Biti you have disappointed us,Sure all these years we thought you are a real worrior and champion for democratic change.Today you have shown us that you are a scavenger.Mangoma you failed us in Makoni North,vakazvidyisa wega,hauna kana kumbofamba uchi campainer,but today voswera kuti na Tswangirai take take,Morgain did his part.learned people should sit down and plan for the next attact to the real enermy

kudzie - 27 April 2014

This article reads more likeman opnion piece than a report. Daily please dont trash professional journalism. Just report squarely what transpired at the press conference or announcements without bias. Then let the editor or an article piece do the commentary that you inserted as part of the report. The Rhodesian piece is suspicious. So you interviewed Morgan on the eve of the press conference but didnt report on it only to slip it in this report. This story starts on an offensive on Biti instead of summarising the main report. Please tell it as it is.

Bhinikwa - 27 April 2014

Once again the intellectuals have miscalculated and misjudged , watch as they go the way of Welshman, Pricilla,Mutambara and others into political oblivion. The only problem is the same as last time, ZANUpf wins and the people of Zimbabwe get the short end of the stick.

Harare2294 - 27 April 2014

Poor Biti. Are they not giving him enough money now that he is already representing one member of ZanuPF, comrade Gono? Does he have to represent all of them? Povo ngairambe zwe madisinyongoro

Sekuru Ndaronga - 27 April 2014

Amatshona bakithi sasivele sisazi ukuthi ngumlilo wamaphepha lo,owothayo uyosala ebanjwe ngamakhaza ungasekho.

ZIMZIM - 27 April 2014

This is a biased article and reflects very poor journalism. The article is obviously anti Biti and pro Tsvangirai. Strangely, the plot involves former Zanu(pf), the CIO, former Rhodesians (you did not call them white Zimbabweans) and western gvts? These would be strange bed fellows.

Kondo - 28 April 2014

Haaa Daily news you are pathetic. Herald is now better than you. Are you funded by Morgan or something? This is a rubbish story with no facts. Manje watch as Morgan gets destroyed.......

Vashe - 28 April 2014

A big shame on Biti.Why love money more than real freedom?Why choose to betray your people that way? Shame on you BITI. Yes get the money&move steadily into political history.The struggle conti nues without you&your fellow traitors.

GOREMUSANDU - 28 April 2014

A big shame on Biti.Why love money more than real freedom?Why choose to betray your people that way? Shame on you BITI. Yes get the money&move steadily into political history.The struggle conti nues without you&your fellow traitors.

GOREMUSANDU - 28 April 2014

A big shame on Biti.Why love money more than real freedom?Why choose to betray your people that way? Shame on you BITI. Yes get the money&move steadily into political history.The struggle conti nues without you&your fellow traitors.

GOREMUSANDU - 28 April 2014

A big shame on Biti.Why love money more than real freedom?Why choose to betray your people that way? Shame on you BITI. Yes get the money&move steadily into political history.The struggle conti nues without you&your fellow traitors.

GOREMUSANDU - 28 April 2014

By right the parliamentarians are supposed to leave their posts and contest under Biti's MDC. They did not contest the elections under the leadership of BIti and to show this as a kangaroo court they did it hiding in Marlborough if they control MDC why not do it at the Party Headquarters. Bismark ndkunyarira hangu. As much as I think Morgan Tsvangirayi has done his part and must leave but the way you are have done it is to destroy the people's project and we can easily call you a saboteur. If they have the people's mandate in parliament let them go back to the people and tell them we have fired Tsvangirayi uone kuti vanomira here? The Speaker must be professional all those elected under the MDC-T leadership in parliament and have decided to join this new MDC must relinguish their positions in parliament and we have by-elections. Biti hey I am shocked. You could not wait for congress heh?

Maita Manyuka - 28 April 2014

So this new party is going to be called MDC-Rhodies

Maita Manyuka - 28 April 2014

It is quite clear that the likes of @Kondo and @Vashe are either Rhodies themselves or part of the Rhodies network. You are the pathetic ones who want to censor the Daily News. Pls go read the Herald that supports your quest of wanting to destroy democracy in Zimbabwe. Daily News keep telling it like it is please!

Khetai - 28 April 2014

My thinking is that Biti and company no longer want to be in politics. They have ushered themselves to the political dustbins and if they are to appear in the history books of the MDC it will be for the wrong reasons. Their pseudo kangaroo illegitimate council resolutions is the final nail to their political coffins. We will never support these misguided elements who are power hungry to the borne but yet fail to realise that power is drawn from the masses. RIP Biti

Shumba - 28 April 2014

BHORA MUGEDHE !!! MATI MADII ~!!!HATIITE HATIITE

dickmore - 28 April 2014

"no parliamentarian or councillor would be fired unless there was in the constitution of the MDC a clause that called for recalls." This shows Biti is afraid of being called because what he did is unconstitutional. He will be fired for sure andthe dust bin is waiting for him.

Wings of change - 28 April 2014

Biti has always been power hungry and thinks he is too learnered such that he can fool people ,politics and education do not mix ,look around the world and see how many professors have succeed ,sorry Biti you have wrong timed ,Tsvangirai is steadfast ,resolute and with the people not power hungry.Viva Tsvangirai,iwe Biti follow Welshman to the dust bins you have destroyed yourself,zororai murugare vakomana ,Tsvangirai tinaye hatimusiye

sinyoro - 28 April 2014

biti and his spineless gang are doomed and fit for the trash can of history just like welshman ncube. whatever his misdemenours tsvangirai has the support of the people. tsvangirai remains the face of democratic struggle in tjis country, go to buhera, dotito muzarabani glen view lobengula or glen view (to use biti's cliche) people there want tsvangirai to remain at the helm of the struggle for democracy. these boys, biti and company are wasting time, the sooner they realise their mistake and go back to the fold, the big tent.

cde churucheminzwa - 28 April 2014

If a party is established using money, it can also be destroyed using money. You can do what you want with that party. Mari yako chete. Taimboreva.

machakachaka - 28 April 2014

Jjudging from the comments tsvangirai seems to have a lot more votes. Well, so did mugabe in his 14th year. where are we now? Its ok Mr Biti one day they will see the light! We are with you all the way

fighter - 28 April 2014

zvaiwana ngwarati

wind - 28 April 2014

History is being made pipo form your own political parties dont waste our time Biti and crew

protestor - 28 April 2014

we are behind the rebels. Morgan Shud go rest now. iyaaaa

sinyorita - 28 April 2014

Tererai munzwe MDC you need to pray so that you see what is happening, as the main opposition party your task is to put ZANU PF on its toes, ask them how far they have gone on corruption and ZIMasset, you have been diverted, in the next election campaign i can hear this voice; " MDC hapana chaakaita in the past five years panze pekukandirana mapfumo chete...", let me tell you the truth if Tsvangirayi is a useless leader why would ZANU PF want him out, vaingomuregera aripo, asi they know kuti he is a force to reckon with, imagine what will come out if BIti is the leader,listen " can this country be led via student politics", and what are the people saying, branding is important Tsvangirayi is the face of your party and not the Party itself,do you think Mugabe is is ZANU PF, no its a whole lot of a community of business people, students, communities, systems, procedures, intelligence systems thats who Mugabe represents. Ko madirei kumanyira zviro? Izvezvi so tirikuona madhara achiti, ah regai vamboita zvezvibakera havambobvunzi zve voter's roll iyezvino isu ngatimbomiramirai kuvanhu? So u need to know the truth vana Biti- plus mari,mari,mari iyo yabva kune avo ndiyo ingaite kuti mudaro here, ha. Tererai munzwe, i am no political analyst, asi i know kuti izvezvi ZANU PF are taking this article serious,you do the same.

Muprofita - 28 April 2014

Khetai, do not be blindfolded. Tsvangirai may pull the crowds but he has proved that he can NOT outsmart Zanu(PF). He has won several elections BUT was robbed of victory and failed to deal with the situation. My question to you is, " What will he do when ZANU cheats him again in 2018? And for the record I am as black as ebony, fought in the liberation war, was a member of the old and revolutionary Zanu, left Zanu when it became corrupt to core and I realise that Tsvangirai HAS BIG limitations both in perceptions and strategies to unseat the corrupt Zanu(pf) and end the suffering in Zimbabwe.

Kondo - 28 April 2014

Khetai, do not be blindfolded. Tsvangirai may pull the crowds but he has proved that he can NOT outsmart Zanu(PF). He has won several elections BUT was robbed of victory and failed to deal with the situation. My question to you is, " What will he do when ZANU cheats him again in 2018? And for the record I am as black as ebony, fought in the liberation war, was a member of the old and revolutionary Zanu, left Zanu when it became corrupt to core and I realise that Tsvangirai HAS BIG limitations both in perceptions and strategies to unseat the corrupt Zanu(pf) and end the suffering in Zimbabwe.

Kondo - 28 April 2014

l said it before, Swangingirayi is the Moses and Biti the Joshua. Swangirayi has run his race and has faltered. why did he change the party constitution to suit his wishes? where are his morals as a leader, having a filed day with different women! persecuting those who wanted the party to change leaders, does he want to die in office, failing to beat Mugabe? he gave Zanu pf a life line by joining the GNU when BITI was advising him against it as Zanu Pf had its back on the wall! it serves him well. he is daft to beat Mugabe. Zimbabwe needs a straight foward and practical leader that is intelligent to outwit Zanu pf not a weakling who will cry foul for several years every time after elections. Biti showed his spine as Finance minister by standing his ground and even Zanu PF admitted that he is good. we should think progressively! Swangilayi has tried and failed let others try, there are so many Zimbabweans we cant be stuck with one person. No!!!

Open Minded - 28 April 2014

I can see your argument vaKondo. But my question to you is what has Mr Biti and his supporters done to advance democracy in Zimbabwe while, as you say, Mr Tsvangirai was messing up? Were they not together?

Mercy - 28 April 2014

Forward with the leadership renewal team, you have showed Tsvangirai and his group what democracy is, Tsvangirai was the root cause for the split with Welshman Ncube he also was the root cause in the July 2013 poll defeat because he was told not to contest in the election and went ahead blindly and was trounced very badly

Nyamhangambiri - 28 April 2014

Mercy, may I remind u of Biti's firmness and resolve when he was minister of finance. He managed to stop the looting of the national coffers by Zanu politicians. He took part in the interparty negotiations and was firm on matters of principle. Tsvangirai met frequently for tea sessions (Principals sessions) and there he failed to press for key reforms necessary for democratic and economic transformations. Besides, his choice of a partner raises eyebrows. Do you think Tsvangirai will hide key information from his wife? And if the wife is pressurised by her father ( a senior Zanu(pf) member) do think she will hide all that information from him? Also Tsvangirai shows that he does not listen to his officials, who should assist him on matters of strategy! Mercy, keeping Tsvangirai as the leader of the MDC, means keeping the MDC as an opposition party forever. We want more than that. We want to end this Zanu-made suffering in Zimbabwe. We should be living decent lives. Workers should afford decent homes, decent cars and decent meals. Yes it is all possible. So while Tsvangirai is a crowd puller he will be an opposition leader forever unless he steps down and endorse a new leader.

Kondo - 28 April 2014

Mercy, may I remind u of Biti's firmness and resolve when he was minister of finance. He managed to stop the looting of the national coffers by Zanu politicians. He took part in the interparty negotiations and was firm on matters of principle. Tsvangirai met frequently for tea sessions (Principals sessions) and there he failed to press for key reforms necessary for democratic and economic transformations. Besides, his choice of a partner raises eyebrows. Do you think Tsvangirai will hide key information from his wife? And if the wife is pressurised by her father ( a senior Zanu(pf) member) do think she will hide all that information from him? Also Tsvangirai shows that he does not listen to his officials, who should assist him on matters of strategy! Mercy, keeping Tsvangirai as the leader of the MDC, means keeping the MDC as an opposition party forever. We want more than that. We want to end this Zanu-made suffering in Zimbabwe. We should be living decent lives. Workers should afford decent homes, decent cars and decent meals. Yes it is all possible. So while Tsvangirai is a crowd puller he will be an opposition leader forever unless he steps down and endorse a new leader.

Kondo - 28 April 2014

Well done Mr Biti. We cannot continue being (mis)led by a fellow who thinks with his male organ. We need enlightened leadership.

Dimples Nhamwi - 28 April 2014

Biti is a man of courage and sagacity. He is a competent administrator who is not afraid of facing any situation, no matter how difficult. It's good that he has thrown his hat in the ring. I totally and unequivocally support him.

Biti Ndizvo - 28 April 2014

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