Transitional government can save Zim: Biti

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.


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.


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    Piankhi 6 years ago

    This is the first time I have heard someone with common sense. Forget the Political parties and politics. Traditional Governments should be the standard for all African countries. The reason African nations suffer is because they refuse to let go of these Colonial governments that were left by their occupiers and oppressors of yesterday. This system has nothing to do with African culture and how our people once ruled their countries without any chaos. You look at African governments and all you see is the same chaos as the way they rule in Europe. Leaders in the AU should make a decision on whether to keep this chaotic system of governing or go back to the traditional way of governance of it people and system. Much simplier, more cost effective and more acceptable by its people.

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    TJINGABABILI 6 years ago


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    Mazano Rewayi 6 years ago

    BTW this is what Makoni said in 2008, and Cde Biti was vehemently against it. So one wonders why now? May it be because chances of PDP having an outright victory are slim? Nevertheless it’s worthy a try but the transitional authority needs not be bloated to accommodate everyone as was the case with the GPA of 2009. We all need to put our selfish tendencies aside for the good of the country.

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      Piankhi 6 years ago

      Why Biti says Transitional Government now. It’s called change. You have to grow up sometime in your life and start becoming conscious of what is best not just for yourself but for the collective as a people.

      Change is the only constant in this universe. If you stay the same, you will surely lose your objective vision to move forward. Just look at Zimbabwe current leadership and President. His vision was good for 36 years ago. But how does he apply it for today. A lot has changed. There is a big difference between a President and a Leader. A President rules by votes, and a Leader rules by example to his people.

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    Mfowethu 6 years ago

    We dont want another GNU..we want a new government. If it means ZANU remaining in power until 2018 let it be so that we can usher in a new elected government not some monster cobbled together by the same criminals. Biti misses his time in the GNU and seems to br pushing for that this time around.

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    Ngoto Zimbwa 6 years ago

    The man comes out with seemingly sensible and progressive statements whilst working silently in the background to undermine the cause of the long suffering Zimbo by conniving with the Enemy.

    Be foolish to give him any time at all.