Biti addresses meeting at MDC-T Mutare headquarters

via Biti addresses meeting at MDC-T Mutare headquarters | SW Radio Africa by Tererai Karimakwenda on Monday, May 5, 2014

The former secretary general of the MDC-T, Tendai Biti, added to confusion over his so-called ‘renewal team’ as he addressed supporters at the MDC-T headquarters in Mutare, during what has been described as a “inter-district consultative meeting” by one official.

Speaking at a venue that has been a no-go to the Tsvangirai camp, Biti told the estimated 100 supporters that the group was in a transition which required holding on to the MDC party name, but would definitely have their own name as a party in the future.

“This movement, the renewal movement, is in its formative stages. We are in that transition where we have to hold on to the name MDC for certain strategic reasons,” Biti is quoted as saying.

Critics dismissed that assertion, pointing to the fact that changing the name immediately would lead to the loss of parliamentary seats for legislators in their camp, as well as their monthly income and other government supplied perks.

The row over what happens to legislators who won their seats under the MDC-T banner will now apparently be left to the speaker of parliament to resolve. The parliamentary speaker, Jacob Mudenda, is reported to have confirmed receiving submissions from both camps, and says he is still studying the issue.

Pishai Muchauraya, fthe ormer MDC-T spokesperson for Manicaland who was suspended from the Tsvangirai camp earlier this year, insisted they were still the real MDC-T and Tendai Biti is not the former secretary general, but the “bonafide” secretary general of the party.
Muchauraya told SW Radio Africa the Mutare meeting was intended to chart the way forward and make resolutions regarding recent developments, including their suspension of party president Morgan Tsvangirai and his allies.
“We wanted to get feedback from the people to know what is happening on the ground and we were so happy that the people of Manicaland endorsed the suspension of Morgan Tsvangirai and his hooligans,” Muchauraya said.

He added that the Mutare offices and vehicles did not belong to the Tsvangirai party and were actually donated by individuals within the MDC-T, and no one should claim otherwise. Tsvangirai, he said, is a “compromised leader who cannot deliver change in 2018”.

Muchauraya confirmed that they had already made submissions to parliament as early as last Monday, seeking to protect their legislators the House. The MDC-T submission to parliament was made later on Friday by deputy president Thokozani Khupe, who sought to withdraw all MPs implicated in the leadership renewal plot.

Nine MPs have been identified as renewal supporters by the Tsvangirai camp and are facing dismissal from parliament. They include Biti himself, Solomon Madzore, Paul Madzore, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, Evelyn Masaiti and the outspoken Settlement Chikwinya, who sparked much debate in the House.

The Tsvangirai camp was already blocked from accessing the Mutare office even before the split, after a row in the provincial leadership led to suspensions and intensified infighting ahead of provincial elections last year.

Party officials who attended the Mutare meeting included the former MP for Makoni South and provincial spokesperson Pishai Muchauraya, former Mutare Mayor Brian James and Patrick Sagandira.
Ironically it is now ZANU PF that will settle this dispute in the opposition.

 

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13 comments on “Biti addresses meeting at MDC-T Mutare headquarters
  1. Mlimo says:

    Zanupf divide and conquer tactics working well and Biti playing his part well

  2. Sonofngwazi says:

    Can’t believe this circus!!!

  3. Zen says:

    ” The parliamentary speaker, Jacob Mudenda, is reported to have confirmed receiving submissions from both camps, and says he is still studying the issue.”
    He’s studying the issue indeed so that he can use it to Zanu’s advantage.He will divide and rule the MDC! Biti gave Zanu a big whip to use against the MDC

  4. Munorwei says:

    Why does anybody want us to think that whenever there is a problem in the MDC, it is caused or sponsored by ZANU PF? does this suggest that ZANU PF runs two parties, theirs and the MDC? This sounds pretty dumb!!!!

  5. kutongwa nonjazi says:

    How can your enemy decide your fate? Honestly he will Dr as much damage as he can…..,Mbiti uri mutengesi

  6. Tjingababili says:

    BIN BITI! DUST BIN!

  7. obasanjo hre says:

    biti haana support.hez not going anywhere at all

  8. Mahlaba says:

    What these fools forget is that all people in attendance were disgruntled officials. What counts in politics is the grassroots support.

  9. munzwa says:

    Sure Mahlaba, its the grassroot support that counts but are they receiving the facts about this issue, i can see MT winning the endorsement at his congress but probably only because the structures have been purged and gaps filled by those loyal to him, hardly a popular mandate..what of the issues bedeviling this nation, is anyone trying to solve them??

  10. Chidembochanhuhwa says:

    “This movement, the renewal movement, is in its formative stages. We are in that transition where we have to hold on to the name MDC for certain strategic reasons,” Biti is quoted as saying.

    “Pishai Muchauraya insisted they were still the real MDC-T and Tendai Biti is not the former secretary general, but the “bonafide” secretary general of the party.”

    Biti has come clean they are forming a new party, Muchauraya we are the eal MDC what the hel is this. We are hold on to the name MDC for strategic reasons…. shame!!!!! the whole idea was forming a new party not renewal. Guys be man enough

  11. Katsvairo Mugambiwa says:

    ‘Biti told the estimated 100 supporters’ rily? this is jut a clear indication of a dead end at the new party’s so called “formative stages”. the guy is full of confusion he told us that ZPF won the previous election bcoz their bhora mugedhi message was clear and theirs was sophisticated now he is saying the election was rigged plz dont confuse us sir

  12. Straight Shooter says:

    Good Biti, very good.

    A new paradigm shift for Mthwakazimbabwe!

  13. Chirutanga says:

    Biti has always been Zanu PF Strong supporter.He was planted in MDC at its formation and is doing his job quite well,to make sure there will be no more MDC by 2018.President Tsvangirai thought he had a good SG,not knowing that he was being closely monitored by a strong Zanu PF Cadre Tendai Biti.MDC-T will be stronger now without you Biti and your crew.People of Zimbabwe Support President Tsvangirai NOT Biti and his power hungry followers.Vana Biti Masakatire akurisa ngavaende tione MDC-T ikafa.We have better leaders out here in the diaspora.Goodbye Biti.Wakara.

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