Mugabe obsessed with power retention, says Biti

via Mugabe obsessed with power retention, says Biti – DailyNews Live 7 July 2015

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe has no vision beyond power retention and those angling to succeed him are worse off, MDC Renewal Team secretary-general Tendai Biti has said.

Addressing a district structures meeting in Makoni West on Sunday, Biti said most Zimbabweans were suffering as a product of “visionless leadership.”

“A long period of suffering under Ian Smith’s colonial rule followed by the visionless leadership of Mugabe has been the story of our people,” Biti said.

He said the most disturbing thing is that the calibre of people  who are busy fighting to succeed Mugabe are worse off than the nonagenarian, adding that the two vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were receiving mediocre lectures from the first lady.

“Thirty-five years after independence, Zimbabweans are still using the bush as rest rooms, a majority of the people living in rural areas have no access to electricity, and many people who live in villages are still involuntarily living in huts,” Biti said.

He added that if the Zanu PF government had a vision, Zimbabwe would be competing with the best developed countries in Africa.

“What they are doing is relentless destruction; look at what is happening with the Masvingo-Beitbridge highway. Its state is getting worse by the day but they do not even care. The road is just but a death trap,” he said.

The former Finance minister said lack of vision has seen Zimbabwe trail by 40 years behind almost every other country as far as infrastructural development is concerned.

He said more than four million people are in the informal sector, five million people have left the country and most cities have no reliable supply of running water.


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    spiralx 7 years ago

    Now tell us something we didn’t know – from 1980 onwards, when he rigged his first elections.

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    clive 7 years ago

    The average Urban Zimbabwean is way worse off than ever even under Ian Smith life was way better.
    As for the rural Zimbabwean they think they are better off as they continue to receive free handouts and are no longer living under threat from ZANLA as they were during the Bush War where they were on the receiving end of brutal atrocities carried out by Zanla. Mugabe relies on the rural vote in conjunction with rigging the urban vote, Zimbabweans are doomed while this group of mindless power hungry thieves remain in control, and they will not give this control up as it is now become a way of life for Zanupf and a well paid job for life with all the perks they award themselves, I doubt there is even one Zanupf official that would be able to function in a normal society and hold down a job in the private sector.

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    Biti bewuphakathi kuhulumende wenzeni?