via Transitional government can save Zim: Biti – NewsDay Zimbabwe April 12, 2016
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Tendai Biti has called for the establishment of a transitional government to steer the country out of its current political and economic crisis and avoid civil unrest.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
Addressing journalists in the capital yesterday, Biti said the ruling Zanu PF government had “dismally failed to address the crisis”.
“As far as we are concerned, given the acerbic cannibalistic fights in Zanu PF, it is clear that the nation has become paralysed, government has become paralysed and given the conflict that has been started – particularly the war among the factions now involving the war veterans, now involving part of the army – it is our submission as PDP that we are actually going through a chaos scenario,” he said.
“And the danger of an implosion one way or the other is very high in Zimbabwe. An implosion in the form of a military coup, an implosion in the form of an armed conflict is very high. So our proposal, as we have argued before, is that what Zimbabwe needs right now is an inclusive national transitional authority, which will be an interim government that will attend to six key issues.”
Biti said since warring factions in Zanu PF were “itching to exterminate and liquidate each other to the extent that these factions are very proximate to guns and the army, we shouldn’t take our peace and stability for granted”.
He said the proposed transitional administration would also take charge of restoring the social fabric, economic recovery, reconciliation and harmonisation of the laws with the Constitution, attending to electoral processes, reintegrating Zimbabwe into the community of nations and stop the perpetual isolation.
Biti urged opposition parties to urgently reconvene and formalise their proposed coalition movement to challenge Zanu PF in the 2018 elections.
The former Finance minister said the biting liquidity crunch, which has been compounded by the government raiding RTGS balances at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, had forced financial institutions to dip into nostro accounts to provide cash for their clients instead of reserving it to pay for imports.