Zim headed for chaos: Biti

HARARE - Former Finance minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tendai Biti has warned that Zanu PF’s ugly factional and succession battles could plunge the country into civil unrest which could lead to an illegal government.

Biti told the Daily News in an interview at the weekend that the vicious fights between the ruling party factions angling to have their preferred candidate succeed President Robert Mugabe had reached dangerous levels, amid indications that they were set to worsen unless pro-democracy groups agitated for a transitional government stabilise the situation.

“As long as Mugabe is alive, those factions will be able to hide behind him as the sole unifying element. But once he is gone, which could be anytime, disaster looms because these factions — as was demonstrated during the war against Joice Mujuru — are not capable of dialogue and they use violence and de-legitimation as an instrument of political arbitration,” Biti warned.

“What happens the day after (Mugabe is gone)? So our submission is that to avert an implosion, to avert civil war here, to avert a military coup here, as a matter of urgency, now or when the president is gone, we need a National Transitional Authority,  which is an inclusive construction or an inclusive government,” he added.

Biti’s ominous warning comes as the Zanu PF war to succeed Mugabe has intensified in recent weeks, almost moving at the same alarming pace as the country’s imploding economy.

Mugabe’s increasingly influential wife, Grace, touted in some circles within the strife-torn Zanu PF as one of the many potential future presidents, is said to be harbouring ambitions of succeeding her frail husband, although she publicly denied this.

But Biti, who has worked with both Mugabe and Mnangagwa during his time in the inclusive government, sees imminent danger for Zimbabwe, unless there is a let-up in the fights within the ruling party, which have continued, almost 10 months after the brutal purges of Mujuru and her key allies.

“I think that there is an itch in Zanu PF. There is an itch which needs scratching. There are various individuals, various factions and various characters that are dying to be on each other’s throat; not for the purposes of national development, not for the purposes of national reconstruction but for the purposes of power and power alone,” he told the Daily News.

Comments (22)

Biti you are the worst power thirsty human being I have ever seen. You dont behave like an educated young man. You now want an inclusive government so that you can go and cause chaos. I bet my last breathe, Biti you want to be the President of that inclusive government. Who told you that uneducated people cannot lead. Afterall, which leader in Zimbabwe is not educated? Coalition government minus Mbiti is the way to go. Who do you represent with your party. Power Monger get away.

Zvakaoma - 28 September 2015

Let me also add that the only leaders that we must see in the unity government should be Munangagwa or Mpoko or anyone from Zanu PF, Dabengwa, Mujuru and Tsvangirai. These should form a government of national unity and then appoint the rest as ministers. Vana Biti ana Ncube, Makoni and all the chiwawaz wont help anyone. Even if they form their own united coalition for the election in 2018, they wont get 500 votes throughout the country. They have nothing to bring on the table. But if Mugabe is also there, I tell you, nothing will come out. We need a set up that will allow debt relief and bilateral relations among other lines of international financing.

Zvakaonma - 28 September 2015

If you don't have anything to say keep it to yourselves you zanu pf idiots . Biti and ncube are better than any one from zanu . Ndini

Gushing biti - 28 September 2015

Some sort of inclusive government makes sense. Zimbabwe is a small country with immense problems, and skilled Zimbabweans have left the country. It is going to take more than a single party to clean up this mess.

david taylor - 28 September 2015

biti murume. people hate him for challenging the handiende tsvangirai who changed the constitution of the mdc party in order to overstay. anyone with guts would do just exactly that. the problem is not biti but morgan. he has become a dictator and a handiende type. akaita mutungamiriri, tichaneta naye.

zvirozviyedzwa - 28 September 2015

Kkkkkkkkk kuseka zvangu. Hanzi biti murume. Ini handibvumirai newe zvirozviyedzwa. Hameno pamwe Mangoma anobvumirana newe. Kkkkkkkkkikiest

Jackson - 28 September 2015

Biti kana newe unogonawo kufawo mangwana. Plse do something similiar at your party also.

changara - 29 September 2015

A unity gvt is the only way for biti to enter gvt. he might be intelligent and likable, no doubt about that but as a politician, he lacks shrewdness. he would rather piggyback on some popular politicians like morgan, who for his documented shortcomings, knows how to connect with the people who elect people into office. Biti spends time seeking support of diplomats and other institutions which do not change the situation on the ground in zimbabwe. in the meantime, morgan is moving around the country meeting the people who matter. they may not be educated, but these are the people that give office, ask Mugabe and zpf. Biti's contempt for the less educated is his major weakness.

mernad - 29 September 2015

Education does not make someone politically useful as we have already experienced with so many Professors and PHD holders. They lack PHDs in common sense which Tsvangirai seem to have in large doses. You can hate Morgan but the reality is that he is currently the best card which can save this country. While I sympathise with ZANU PF, the truth is that they do not have the human resources to bail this country. If we had, we would not be where we are as a country. We need to be realistic . We just do not have what it takes to extricate ourselves. Morgan is the only best option if we all focus on the future.

SOBER MAN - 29 September 2015

Education does not make someone politically useful as we have already experienced with so many Professors and PHD holders. They lack PHDs in common sense which Tsvangirai seem to have in large doses. You can hate Morgan but the reality is that he is currently the best card which can save this country. While I sympathise with ZANU PF, the truth is that they do not have the human resources to bail this country. If we had, we would not be where we are as a country. We need to be realistic . We just do not have what it takes to extricate ourselves. Morgan is the only best option if we all focus on the future.

SOBER MAN - 29 September 2015

Morgan ngaachienda nguva yake yakwana papindewo vamwe. Ushe madzoro ave kuda kuita kunge baba Chatunga.

Zvidhuura Zatya - 29 September 2015

I do not believe that Mr Biti possesses the charisma and leadership skills to be able to restructure and improve this ruined economy, however, I do agree entirely with his analysis and warning about what could happen to this country if Mugabe goes. Neither do I believe that either Tsvangiarai or Mujuru are any better - in fact both of them are a whole lot worse. Tsvangirai's track record clearly shows him to be an incompetent fool and someone easily manipulated by ZANU PF and the ANC of South Africa. He is incapable of telling the truth and is totally lacking in integrity. We are in desperate need of fresh candidates otherwise this country will go to hell if it isn't already there.

Faith - 29 September 2015

biti, just like many of us commenting on this forum is fed-up of people who do not want to move on and allow others to lead. we can not allow a situation where the whole country is held captive by one individual. politicians have to learn to groom others so that when time comes for them to retire , they can leave office peacefully. this is what is fracturing zanu pf. its the same animal eating away the mdc. look at our neighbors in SA and Zambia friends. its not about one person. its about a whole country which is supposed to be bigger than a human being. biti is right. i support him 100%. morgan had his time. its time for him to pass the baton. thats how it is done in a democracy.

zvirozviyedzwa - 29 September 2015

Biti knows that he has no grass root support among Zimbabweans. No wonder Biti is obssessed with the formation of GNU2. Biti thinks he will be hired in the GNU2 based on his record at Ministry of Finance under GNU 1. Times have changed and this will not happen. Biti and his new party, PDP, sound and look more like an extension ZPF. Biti's enemy number 1 is MT rather than Mugabe who has ruined and mis-managed the Zimbabwe economy over the last 35 years and is old now at 91 years old. Biti's PDP party will die a natural death just like Welshman Ncube's party.

Banda - 29 September 2015

I fully realize (as some have mentioned) that the only way Biti will end up in government is if some sort of unity/coalition government is formed. But the country needs qualified people heading government, and Biti has shown he is one of these We need the very best people (irrespective of party) running government.

david taylor - 29 September 2015

We are tired of this bull****t from these morons.He was one of the negotiators during GNU.The failed the nation these idiots.Apart from driving the top range Land Rovers during the inclusive government, what else can they show Zimbabweans? In a space of 4 years in the GNU, these fools are now filthy rich and living in mansions.You sure you need another inclusive government Mbiti, too hell with you and all those you were with in the GNU.

Taurai Zvose - 30 September 2015

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