Chiwenga on Biti assassination claims

HARARE - Vice President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday angrily rejected an MDC Alliance allegation that he was plotting to assassinate presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa and his alliance partner Tendai Biti, dismissing the allegations as hallucinations of a man high on weed.

This comes after Biti told a news conference on Tuesday that Chiwenga had ordered a hit squad to assassinate him and Chamisa, whom he claimed had won Monday’s presidential election.

“We have also received very confidential reports that ... Chiwenga has issued an order for the assassination of president Nelson Chamisa and myself; we don’t accept that,” Biti said.

Asked if he had proof to back his claim, Biti retorted: “We cannot disclose our sources but it is a fact. We have to protect our sources.”

Biti said they were not afraid of “this threat from Chiwenga.”

Reached for comment yesterday, Chiwenga questioned Biti’s mental fitness.

“Why should we assassinate him, for what purpose? Who says that? In this country, in this day and age? I think he needs, you know, mental evaluation,” Chiwenga told the Daily News in a telephone interview.

“He doesn’t know what he is talking about. And why are you wasting your time asking me such a question from a deranged person? What is that? No we don’t do that.”

He spoke as protests erupted as the ruling Zanu PF won a parliamentary majority, with 145 seats in the 210-seat Parliament.

Soldiers were deployed and engaged in running battles with protesters, who threw stones and burned tyres, with an army helicopter hovering above the country’s capital.

Chiwenga said Biti’s claim that he was plotting to assassinate him was an attempt to provoke authorities to arrest him to give grit to his claim that the vote had been conducted in an “intimidating” atmosphere.

“What were they trying to do, to provoke us to arrest him in the middle of an election? We are not stupid,” Chiwenga told the Daily News.

The former Finance minister told reporters that parallel voter tabulation had shown that Chamisa had won, and accused the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) of unnecessarily delaying the formal announcement of the presidential election at a time all information had been transmitted to the Command Centre.

Zec chairperson Priscilla Chigumba yesterday invited the presidential candidates’ election agents to verify the results from all the centres first before the commission can release the figures.

Biti had said Zec must just make the formal declarations at command centres as was required by the law.

“We know that it is in these periods of delay and uncertainty that merchants of chaos, that bishops of electoral fraud will do their own things. So, we are calling upon Zec to immediately comply with the law and start making formal declarations at constituencies as is required by the law.”

Asked about the MDC claim that they had won the election, a fuming Chiwenga told the Daily News: “They have won elections where? Is that how winners behave? Why can’t you just wait? No, no, no, let us come of age, I think let’s be of age now. We want to build this country, we don’t want horse play. He must be high on weed,” Chiwenga said.

Comments (9)

Chiwenga says Biti was high on weed authorized by the Zanu-PF government! While Chiwenga was fuming, soldiers were killing unarmed civilians in the streets of Harare. How can a VP say the civilians "killed themselves"?

TM - 2 August 2018

Fools die for want of wisdom---Biti and Chamisa broke the electoral law by holding press conference claiming they have won elections. It is also true that Chamisa has come to the end of his political career----Mwonzora should now take over and his first duty is to unite MDC by bringing back Khupe. Chamisa is desperate bcz without winning the presidency he wont survive the 2019 MDC congress. Zimbabwe needs a united and mature MDC for democracy to prevail!

AWESOME - 2 August 2018

The orangutan look alike Vice President Chiwenga can deny his dirty tricks all he wants. He and the hated zanu pf are the real enemies of the people. The loss of innocent lives in the hands of the very army that is supposed to protect people is something we can not tolerate. I am calling on all Zimbabweans to revolt against cruelty and corruption of zanu pf.

Ken Sharpe - 2 August 2018

As usual they have yet again subverted the people's will.The military state may use it might force to suppress the citizens that it is supposed to protect but Mighty Powers of God are more telling than powers of a creature that He created.Mwari pindirayi.

janana Bikaldo Bikaz - 3 August 2018

Zimbabweans want mature and responsible politicians. MDC Alliance's post election protests and knee jerk reaction and reactionary statements will just embolden ZANU PF. The MDC should accept defeat in this election, regroup and unite and prepare for the next election. Zimbabwe needs nation builders instead of posturing by the opposition. God bless President Mnangagwa. We need a better economy, jobs, service provision, peace and tranquility in our nation Sir. Please do not disappoint us for the next five years. The work that you have done in the past seven if you can take it to another level. God bless Zimbabwe.

Daniel 5 - 3 August 2018

the main reason why nkomo and morgan are so respected is for their respect of the sanctity of human life. they even submitted to zanu in order to save human lives. if somehow you think you can think that you can beat or at least equal zanu at the game of violence then you are the worst moron not

mukhovhe wa tshilidzi - 3 August 2018

So we have people in this country who think Mnangagwa and Chiwenga can ever transform the country for the better? How blinkered.

Georgie - 3 August 2018

What was the cause of those people to be killed? Who said what and did what before the soldiers arrived? People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

Ndiani Ndiani - 5 August 2018

Kkkkkkk haaaaa Chamisa afemesa madhara aya moto veduwee,ivo vachimbobirei maVotes evanhu.President Chamisa my advise to you is Chisaaaaa mbavha idzodzo chisaaaaaaaaaaa

CDE Chisaaaaa - 6 August 2018

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