via Will the real Biti please stand up? – DailyNews Live 9 MARCH 2014
As we long predicted, the brouhaha within the MDC over the ill-advised push by the party’s deputy treasurer-general, Elton Mangoma, to oust Morgan Tsvangirai from the leadership of the movement was always going to end badly.
Mangoma has now been suspended, amid indications that Tsvangirai’s supporters are baying for the expulsion of the affable businessman from the party altogether.
At the same time, party secretary-general, Tendai Biti, has said that the decision to suspend Mangoma is null and void, as it is allegedly in breach of the MDC’s constitution — which in effect puts in doubt the famed lawyer’s own position in the beleaguered party.
In the meantime, President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party are literally weeping more than the bereaved, falling over themselves as they seek to portray the MDC as an undemocratic and violent party — managing to say all this without any sense of irony or shame for a regime notorious for gross corruption, political thuggery and murders.
In this light, it has also come as no big surprise that the ZBC is salivating at the MDC’s internal strife, and for once, is giving Biti acres of precious prime broadcasting time that is normally reserved for lickspittle boot-licking of Mugabe and other Zanu PF heavies.
One of the pieces that ZTV has been running with, ad nauseum, over the weekend is Biti’s perplexing pronouncement at Thursday’s SAPES discussion in Harare where he seemingly conceded defeat to Zanu PF in last year’s disputed elections — saying the ruling party had a message that resonated with Zimbabweans while the MDC failed to connect with the majority.
This is shocking to say the least, seeing that this is coming from a man who, together with his other senior party colleagues, tried to move mountains last year, in their desperate bid to convince the world that Mugabe and Zanu PF had once again cheated in the elections.
The question that Biti must now answer, if his latest sentiments are indeed genuine and not merely informed by emotive factional politics within his party, is, why he and his colleagues misled Zimbabweans into thinking that Zanu PF stole last year’s elections?
Which is which Honourable Biti? Did Zanu PF cheat in that plebiscite or not?
If not, why did you allege then that they did?
What the nation remembers vividly is an angry Biti charging after the elections that this was the biggest electoral fraud he had witnessed.
Does Biti think Zimbabweans are fools with short memories?
What has really gone wrong with Biti?
What has changed between the period soon after elections and now when he says Zanu PF won fairly?
Biti even coined interesting pieces under the Wananchi title, telling the world that Zanu PF had stolen elections.
This is why we are saying let the real Biti now please stand up for his own sake and the MDC’s!