Biti camp collapsing

HARARE - A mere six months after the controversial emergence of former MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti’s renewal team, the faction is already disintegrating, amid further revelations that donor funds to the rebels are also drying up fast.

A top renewal team member who spoke to the Daily News yesterday in an exclusive interview said a lack of support from supporters, coupled with dwindling finances, as well as a bruising battle for the leadership of the rebel movement has resulted in debilitating divisions and mistrust within the top leadership of the group.

The well-placed source, whose name the Daily News is withholding at his request to protect him, also said: “The bulk of Western backers are pushing for re-unification talks with MT (Tsvangirai).”

He said efforts within the camp aimed at turning it into a political party that enjoyed significant support among Zimbabweans had been stymied by infighting, which had caused growing and irreparable divisions within the movement.

There were also sharp internal differences on whether the rebels should drop the “MDC” moniker or come up with a new name.

As a result, foreign donors who had anticipated overwhelming support for the renewal team from the grassroots were now pushing for unity talks with Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC president, as it dawned on them that the former premier still enjoyed a massive political following in the country.

Amid the widespread belief that last year’s national elections had been rigged, Tsvangirai still amassed more than one million votes, also giving a  clear indication that his personal brand was bigger than the MDC name.

While Biti and Mangoma were unreachable yesterday, Jacob Mafume, spokesperson of the renewal team, claimed that their camp was in fact getting stronger.

“There is nothing that has been holding us back. We have increased the numbers and we are having more members from the provinces,” Mafume told the Daily News.

“We have held meetings with various parties and announcements will be made at the appropriate times.”

On the deepening confusion around whether the rebels’ party will remain MDC or will be re-christened, Mafume said: “The rebranding will take place at the right time and we are going to consult the people on the name,” all but implying that his party was looking for a new name.

The senior party member who spoke to the Daily News yesterday also said that their perceived links to Zanu PF were also haunting the young party, causing some members to abandon it.

However, Mafume scoffed at reports about the alleged  resignations within the break away team.

In the meantime, it has also been reported that the rebels have also failed to garner support from other opposition parties for their mooted grand coalition, with the likes of Lovemore Madhuku, leader of the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Simba Makoni’s MKD, and Dumiso Dabengwa’s Zapu refusing to rubber stamp the idea.

As a result, Biti’s camp was said to be struggling to hold its much-hyped “All People’s Convention,” that was initially slated for last month.

Madhuku told the Daily News recently that he would only join a coalition after elections which were critical in gauging the support of individual political parties and consequently the compositions of the intended coalitions.

On the other hand, Makoni cautioned Biti and company against the urge to rush the idea and exclude Tsvangirai.

Despite the set-backs, other insiders in Biti’s camp insist that there is a determined push by the former Finance minister to forge ahead with the coalition project, despite the lack of buy-in from other parties and donors.

“There is no real interest from the others, save for Welshman (Ncube),” said a source in the party.

“And, we have put ourselves into a dead end by being indecisive on whether we are leaving the MDC or not. “Some diplomats and funders have asked us to launch the party but the leaders are hesitating for obvious reasons. So the coalition project has been pre-empted by the paralysis and failure to progress.”

The renewal team was formed after its leaders recently passed a vote of no confidence in Tsvangirai.

The faction also claimed to have suspended Tsvangirai from the MDC, amid allegations that the party had been “transformed into a fiefdom of the MDC leader”.

Tsvangirai dismissed the meeting as “illegal, unconstitutional, illegitimate and bogus”, and went on to summarily dismiss the rebels from the MDC.

The divisions in the MDC followed its defeat in the 2013 elections, amid claims of gross irregularities in those polls.

Comments (27)

The Biti camp is 100% ZANU(PF). It is a necessary satellite appendage which will be useful for the purpose of confusing opposition politics. Where it not for the challenge in meeting our manifesto objectives, we would not need Biti. But what can we do when the young man Biti even took our manifesto to every MDC campaign meeting and came out on ZBC marvelling at the efficacy of our Bhora Mugedhi campaign strategy? He is our ally and we are proud of our association with him.

New Tekere - 15 June 2014

The Biti camp is 100% ZANU(PF). It is a necessary satellite appendage which will be useful for the purpose of confusing opposition politics. Where it not for the challenge in meeting our manifesto objectives, we would not need Biti. But what can we do when the young man Biti even took our manifesto to every MDC campaign meeting and came out on ZBC marvelling at the efficacy of our Bhora Mugedhi campaign strategy? He is our ally and we are proud of our association with him.

New Tekere - 15 June 2014

OF COURSE THE DAILYNEWS IS A FAITHFUL MDC- T TRUTH- TWISTER AND IS ALL-OUT TO SPREAD CONVULATED NEWS ABOUT WHAT IS GOING OUT BETWEEN THE HUMPTY DUMPTY FORMER PRIME MINISTER TSVANGIRAI AND THE FORMER FINANCE MINISTER BITI. OTHER NON-ALIGNED NEWS OUTLETS THAT ARE INFORMING READERS THAT THE MORALLY BANKRUPT LEADER OF THE FRACTURED MDC-T IS IN IRREVERSIBLE PROPLEMS CITING THAT GORDEN MOYO HAS LEFT HIS PARTY AND HIS YOUTHFUL FORMER MISTRESS IS AFTER HIM DEMANDING THAT THE OUT- OF- POCKET PARTY LEADER PAY THE NECESSARY UPKEEP OF ETHAN,HIS FLESH AND BLOOD. HOWEVER I HAVE MUCH ADMIRATION FOR DR TSVANGIRAI' S BLIND, MUTE AND DEAF FOLLOWERS FOR SUPPORTING HIM. THIS IS A CLASSICAL CASE OF SHEEPISH SUPPORTERS BEING OVER THE CLIFF TO THEIR POLITICAL DEMISE. OF THE TWO CAMPS, IT IS LIKELY THAT THE BITI SIDE IS ON THE ASCENDANCY AND THAT THE TSVANGIRAI FACTION IS GROPPING IN THE DARK.

Rabison Nyundo(THE HAMMER) - 15 June 2014

Whoopee! @ Cde Rubbish Nyundo, aka the Blunt Hammer is alive! Let's wait and see what he will say when our long-ruling goblin goes off to Singapore soon for yet another "routine eye check-up"!

Kt - 15 June 2014

Well articulated The Hammer. We must prop up Biti at all cost. It is easier to divide the populace than deliver on our election promises. Come 2018 it is necessary that the opposition be at sixes and sevens. Also Biti is unlikely to get 10% of the votes and he is therefore a better opponent than Tsvangirai, the only Zimbabwean politician to out poll Cde Robert Mugabe, Africa's greatest and most illustrious leader. Lets play it safe and continue to manage the opposition parties.

Non Hammer - 15 June 2014

And indeed the nameless party is alredy dead in the labor room kkkkk. Dying before seeing sunshine nxaaaaaaa. Having boardroom meetings after boardroom meetings, they don't learn from Welshman. Zuma is President besides that he raped a woman, divorced Nkosazana, and has a classroom of women some official wives while some are secret concubines which only become public knowledge at his will. Tsvangirai likewise regardless of being widowed and reportedly connected to a few women before he settled down, he will surely become Zimbabwe`s President. Tsvangirai has never lost an election to Mugabe and ZPF know that, that is Y they are sponsoring Biti to reduce Tsvangirai`s ever high vote because they know that this time they can not rig because MDCT is looking. This is a well sponsored splinter designed to cushion ZANU PF post Mugabe era. This is why Biti said in the audio recording that went viral that he is holding meetings with certain gvt people who are so powerful that their names should not be said in public meetings. Let them form their Orange Lemon Party led by Tendai Mugabiti.

Air Marshal - 15 June 2014

These Biti's are just power hungry, why could they not wait for the congress and do a proper thing? Why want to jump the wall?

Masamba - 16 June 2014

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DR T - 16 June 2014

"A mere six months after the controversial emergence of former MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti's renewal team, the faction ....." Is this a fact?

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 16 June 2014

To be honesty, we broke away but can not manage. Biti and Mangoma are proving worse than Morgan and Robert. We are going back. Help.

Mlilo - 16 June 2014

The Biti camp is a zanu pf project,and very soon it will disappear.Tsvangira is bigger than Mugabe himself. You see people in Zimbabwe dont like the Party MDC T but they like Tsvangirai himself whose brand is bigger than the Party itself.Well we wait to see how Biti is going to fair.I rest my case.Rabson Nyundo,you better keep quiet,you are not aware of what is on the ground dude.

josefa chinotimba - 16 June 2014

ummm kudzidza kwaifanirwa kubatsira vanhu kuona mhani! vana Biti vakadzidzira pasina vafana ava!

kadhara - 16 June 2014

DAIL nEWS, kapepa ka Tea boy, nxaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

wind - 16 June 2014

We behind you Tendai BITI & Team even if Daily NEWS prints the whole paper trying to demonise you in their futile effort to prop Gumbura aka SAVE .. Yo made Gumbura what he is and now haachadi kubva orambirira whilst at the same time accusing Cde BOB of clinging to power !! GUMBURA VHARAZIPI !!!

GO BITI GO - 16 June 2014

Iwe Go Biti Go rega Tsvangison ambotongawo kani. Dai ari iye arikutonga ndipo paungati arikurambira pachigaro

Isu Zvedu - 16 June 2014

The bulk of the western backers. So mdc is all about western agenda

Eddy - 16 June 2014

Of course its now an open secret that there is an idiotic reporter within the Daily news who is a bootlicker of the mentally retarded chematama, but no matter how hard this paper tries, chematama only needs a political tombstone now.

reason - 16 June 2014

Viva Tsvangison Forward ever backwards never. Mugabiti party is going to get zero% votes come 2018

Chaporonga - 16 June 2014

I would be rather be voting for mavambo ku smile come 2018. Can't take ZANU and Mdc seriously......yes, I would rather vote for Simba!!!!!!!

Hey - 17 June 2014

we are all behind Morgan 15 years in the struggle it took Mandela 27 years in struggle to free south Africa .we shall be with you Morgan till the end.Let Morgan get Old on the president it was his idea to form a democracy movement.

Themba - 17 June 2014

Reason, whether you like it or not, Tsvangirai is here to serve us. Thank you Daily News for providing us with real news!

SieKun - 18 June 2014

The collapse of BITI&CO's project was imminent&predictable.How can forces of DAKNESS prevail over LIGHT?

garoona - 18 June 2014

Tsvangirai is not a product of MDC but the MDC is the product of Tsvangirai.He is a brand on his own so Biti should know that for as long as Tsvangirai lives,he will not be noticed

Avaram VILS - 20 June 2014

I THINK MORGAN IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB. ALL THAT ARE SUPPORTING BITI CAMP A ZANU LOYALISTS HENCE BITI CAN GO AHEAD FOOLING HIMSELF

magwegwe - 22 June 2014

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