Biti's PDP in fresh devolution calls

HARARE - People’s Democratic Party (PDP) president Tendai Biti has said he will make a fresh court application to compel the President Robert Mugabe-led government to implement devolution of power in accordance with the dictates of the Constitution.         

Addressing members of his party at the organisation’s first anniversary in Bulawayo last weekend, Biti said the ruling Mugabe government needs to adhere to the requirements of the Constitution.                               

“We are going to visit the courts until there is devolution in this country.

“There is no country that develops without devolution and here in Zimbabwe these Zanu PF thieves don’t want such,” he said.

The law of devolution stipulates that there should be a provincial council for each of the country’s provinces, consisting of governors and mayors among other officials and will be responsible for the social and economic development of the province.

They will also focus on the planning and implementation of social and economic development activities to ensure the equitable sharing of local and national resources.

Biti’s statement comes after the Constitutional Court dismissed former Water Resources minister Sipepa Nkomo’s application in which he demanded the implementation of devolution in June this year.

The court ruled that Nkomo did not have the locus standi to make such a request.

Speaking at the same event, Biti said that there is need to establish a National Transitional Authority (NTA) so as to safeguard the people against bloodshed, as protests against Mugabe’s rule increase.

“We must safeguard the people and avoid bloodshed. That is why we need the NTA to avoid the total collapse of the country,” Biti said.

He further said that the country now needs a new political narrative of coalitions and unity.

“We are tired of slogans that achieve nothing. We have moved to bread and butter issues,” he said.

He also spoke on how the ruling party has destroyed industries, rendering millions of citizens jobless.

“Betting shops are now the new occupation for thousands of people.  Honestly, we cannot play feja feja (gambling) with the economy.

“Some 36 years after independence, the government can’t pay civil servants salaries with 97 percent from taxes being used to pay the salaries.

“The industry is dead in Bulawayo with factories now churches. Mugabe has caused so much pain by killing the people’s hopes,” he said.

Comments (4)

Devolution is probably the only way out from authoritarian rule. If other currently marginalised places like Manicaland or Masvingo or Midlands or Matebeleland are prospering then it will force other devolved states to demand better governments. Devolution is about true self determination, right now you have a government lording over people that have never voted for it & under the current system they like Rhodesia will never have a government of their choice or ability to change it.

Galore - 14 September 2016

Expecting our leader to abide by our constitution or any law is something that will never happen because everyone knows that he has not on many occasions abided by or respected our constitution? So why even try and go down that road knowing that he will just laugh at us? Mugabe is a law unto himself and does precisely what suits him and his agenda. Think back to that time when the SADC Tribunal ruled in favor of white farmers who had been evicted and declaring that such action was based on nothing but racist grounds - remember? Well no problem to ol Mugs, he just got SADC to suspend the SADC Tribunal and ignore the outcome of that case? The only thing that is likely to remove Mugabe from office is ill health or death or pressure applied by the UN and supported by the AU and SADC, again things most unlikely to happen regardless of what pain and suffering Mugabe may cause.

Mbewa - 14 September 2016

Biti is a rotting MDC offcut trying to be relevant in politics. His party does not have a single structure across the country. It has not managed to do even a rally since he assumed offive as a President of himself on 10 September 2015. He must try something else, politics dzaramba

BringBackOurFlag - 15 September 2016

Biti dont hide behind devolution, whilst your main motive is to win support. You are a power hungry moron.

#BringBackOurFlag - 15 September 2016

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