Biti gets death threat

biti_economyHARARE - Finance Minister Tendai Biti on Monday received a letter with a bullet inside believed to be a death threat. The package was delivered at the MDC Secretary-Generals home in Highlands with an accompanying letter stating: Raira nhaka (Sort out your Estate).

The threat comes barely two weeks after the minister presented his mid-term fiscal policy in which he emphasised the need for government officials to reduce their expenditure.

A government source, who spoke to The Zimbabwean on condition of anonymity, said Biti’s outspoken stance in advocating for financial reforms and the removal of Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono, had angered Zanu (PF) officials.

In his policy, Biti also proposed that government officials should be restricted in using mobile phones, vehicles, fuel allocation and foreign travel. He said some of these were “not commensurate with the benefits to the economy”.

Bitis bullet comes hard on the heels of President Robert Mugabe’s proclamation of peace days, and the MDC has stated that it cannot be taken lightly.

The live bullet delivered at Bitis home is a tragic climax to the barrage of defamatory vitriol spewed through the public media ever since he delivered a pro-poor mid-term fiscal policy, said a spokesperson for the MDC.

Nathaniel Manheru and the Zanu (PF) sidekick, Jonathan Moyo, have been responsible for articles in which the victims are never given the right of reply.

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