Tsvangirai spurns Biti hearing

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has scoffed at ex-secretary general Tendai Biti’s attempt to haul him before a disciplinary hearing, saying the former Finance minister should concentrate on his own party.

Biti’s renewal team announced last week that it has set June 18, as the date for Tsvangirai’s  disciplinary hearing following his reported controversial suspension from the MDC in April.

Tsvangirai dismissed the meeting that suspended him as “illegal, unconstitutional, illegitimate and bogus”.

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai spokesperson, ridiculed the move, saying Tsvangirai was not appearing before any kangaroo court. 

He said the former Finance minister should concentrate on his new party.

“It’s ridiculous,” Tamborinyoka said.

“How can Biti haul Tsvangirai before a disciplinary hearing when he is no longer part of the MDC? Biti and his renewal team were expelled from the party and they said they were going to form their own party.

“We urge the renewal team to concentrate on their party and leave Tsvangirai alone. The president is seized with national issues and does not have time for such.”

Tamborinyoka said his boss would not respond to attacks by the renewal team as he had better things to do.

“This is madness at its best,” he said.

“We won’t be reduced to such low levels were we must respond to foolishness. We are concerned about national issues and not petty childish games.”

Biti and his allies said they were suspending Tsvangirai along with five other senior members namely MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora; deputy president Thokozani Khupe; national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa; national chairman Lovemore Moyo and his deputy Morgan Komichi.

Biti’s faction said Tsvangirai had been suspended from the MDC because of a “remarkable failure of leadership”.
Biti’s faction said the MDC’s national council had voted to suspend Tsvangirai because the party had been “transformed into a fiefdom of the leader.”

A few days later Tsvangirai’s MDC responded by expelling Biti, Elton Mangoma, Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo, the interim chairperson of the group, and others. Biti was an “opportunist” who was being manipulated by President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party, Tsvangirai said.

“He (Biti) deceived us all,” Tsvangirai said then.
“The man doesn’t believe in anything, except his power.”

The dispute spilled into Parliament where Tsvangirai’s group sought the recall of all legislators backing Biti.

But Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda told the feuding factions to take their fight to the courts.
The divisions in the MDC follow its defeat in the 2013 elections.

The election ended the coalition the MDC and Zanu PF had formed after disputed elections in 2008.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 10 June 2014

Which will be the venue of the 'disciplinary hearing'as BITI&CO fear violence at Harvest Hse,the MDC-T party headquaters? How is this disciplinary hearing going to take place if there is going to be violence at Harvest Hse ?What will happen if MT fails to attend the disciplinary hearing? Is it not prudent for BITI,MAFUME, SIPEPA etc to forget about this MDC-T & form their own party? What happened to the "GRAND COALITION"with Ncube, Dabengwa,Madhuku&church organizations? I heard another new political party called TZ by a church leader was formed.Is this new organization going to be part of the 'grand coalition?But will the disciplinary hearing not disturb the formation of this 'grand coalition'?

mafuza - 10 June 2014

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gakachu or damage controller - 10 June 2014

DZAVA KUTACHA PFUNGWA DZOMURWERE UYU UNONZI BITI UNGADISCIPLINA SAVE ZVA URI IZVO LOOK TO YO CHIPARTY CHAKO CHISINA ZITA GORE RINO HARIPERI NDICHAKUROTERA ZVAKAIPA PAURI

gakachu or damage controller - 10 June 2014

mahumbwe aBiti. Manyengedza pwere.

tapiwa - 10 June 2014

SORRY MR BITI THIS IS TIME NOT TO PLAY GAMES WHILST ZIMBABWE IS BURNING JION OTHERS.

Mwana we Zimbabwe - 10 June 2014

SORRY MR BITI THIS IS TIME NOT TO PLAY GAMES WHILST ZIMBABWE IS BURNING JOIN OTHERS.

ZIMBABWEAN CHILD - 10 June 2014

Kana washaya zvekuita tamba tsoro Biti. Mazimiromo chinenge chikwama cheshinda.

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TIPEIWO - 11 June 2014

Where did this party want to do a disciplinary hearing of another party leader, Harvest House or Mandel? Biti vakomana tipewo ma serious Wanachi.

Maita Manyuka - 11 June 2014

The MDC rebels must be very serious not to play with people- what sought of hearing,against somebody from a different party? That`s why ,many a time ,we povo ask the credibility of your qualifications. Lawyers who are very clueless to politics - its not easy to be followed by us the people.Biti you are following Ncube`s footsteps to be out off active and vibrant politics.2018 you are gioing to be given the right size.Even the Zanu pf guys are laughing at you lungs out.Anyway you paved us way to be also known within the party.Mr Biti if you are so democratic enough why are you always representing Hre north since 2000.We also need to be representing it.Kutonga kunonakidza,saka rega VaTsvangirai vambotisvitsa muZimbabwe itsva mozoti chibvaipo.Zanu pf is Cde Mugabe and MDC-T is Mr Tsvangirai.

True Democracy - 11 June 2014

Kikikikiki kutonga kunonaka tsvagison.mugabe must go agarisa .tsvagirai must go agarisa says biti pwapwapwapwa.chakabvondoka

Oga - 11 June 2014

Biti is crazier than I thought. Mr Biti its high time you behave like a mature lawyer. If yu dont know how yu became popular let me tell. U became popular because Ncube did the same mistake yu are doing. Tsvangirai is MDC

DIDI - 11 June 2014

Zvomopedza nguva muchimarana muchagadzirira rinhi ma elections a 2018.Time is never recycled and lost time is never found.Biti, you are wasting pples time if you have pple at heart just give your party a name and go to the grassroots because without grassroots otherwise time is runningout for you and your party and you are going to be another Welshman.Politics is game of contact if you do not reach out you won't have support.Tsvangirayi has more sympathizers than you and they is very little harm that you can do to him now.If you are not serious or sure of your project leave politics or rejoin Tsvangirayi before you are embarrassed.Your party is likely to split before the end of this year, that i foresee. Tsvangirai please accept these guys when they decide to come back home,remember the biblical story of the prodigal son.The reasons why Biti and company are leaving MDC-T are neither here or there other than being greed and power hungry,manje manyangira yawona.Remember you only learned but not educated.If you were Tsvangirai in the past years what is it that you were going to do to defeat Mugabe that Tsvangirayi did not do.Do you think that Mugabe can easily be defeated and accept the defeat?Go and put your heads together nana Tsvagirayi,Welshman and others and fight your common enemy otherwise you are being power hungry for nothing.Taneta netuma party tunoda kutamba nepfungwa dzedu.Tsvangirayi,put your house in order and work well with your senior party members otherwise you never rule even a sinle village in this country if you keep on bikering like all of you are doing.We want change soon please.

dindingwe - 11 June 2014

Who is BITI to want to discipline MT? Biti,you have your own party.Why would Tsvangirai come to your party's disciplinary hearing?Why are you still dreaming of old MDC-T?Did Tsvangirai say he wants to lead your party?Do you think you are the MDC-T congress with your Mangoma&idiot Mafume? It's surely weird why you continue behaving so foolishly.Who gave you the mandate to discipline MT, the people's choice in MDC-T?? Please BITI,YOU&YOUR CO STAND REJECTED BY THE PEOPLE WHTAEVER YOU DO..

hudofo hunouraya - 11 June 2014

I 100% agree newe mwana wamai Dindingwe,these bunch of idiots i.e.Mbiti,KaMangoma,foolish Mafume and KaSipepa Nkomo are really village idiots,they are playing nepfungwa dzevanhu yet nyika iri kubhebha nenhamo,pane angamira naSave pamapenzi mana aya? They should look in their mirror and just bury themselves alive these cowards,look where is Welshman Ncube now,hahaha,Mbiti I had never respected you in my life u are a dangerous idiot with no brains.Soon your little law firm will be nothing mark my word.Muchamama kusvika murufu naMwari kudai=Save muri bhasikoro kusvika zvanaka.Tatenda.

Cde Matimati - 12 June 2014

Ah Biti panenyaya apa ndozvazvinoita kana ukudla mari dzevanhu avoooooo verudzi, vanoda ma results. Ko ukavaudza kuti uyu chematama akaoma zvirinani tiite plan B,zvingadi plus ka nyaya yema planned violence against you yaramba

Muprofita - 17 June 2014

BITI, MAY YOU PLEASE CONCENTRATE ON TAKING YOUR DAILY ARVs LEST YOU DIE BEFORE EVEN FORMING YOUR BOGUS PARTY. THE SOONER YOU JOIN YOUR FREIND GONO IN ZANU PF THE BETTER. MIROMO YANGOTSVUKA SEYEGWARI RIRI MUBANI. NDIYANI ANOHURA IWE NATSVANGIRAI? ZVAKO ZVATOVA NEMARESULTS SAKA NYARARA. ASINGAZIVE KUTI IWE WAKADYA MARI YEROAD YELUPANE TO PLUMTREE NAGOCHE NDIYANI? ZIMBAVHA RAKATI TENDE.

chandengenda - 17 June 2014

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