MDC Secretary-General Hon Tendai Biti receives death threat

biti_happyThe MDC Secretary-General, Hon Tendai Biti, has received a letter with a live bullet inside it in what the party is treating as a death threat. The letter was delivered at the MDC Secretary-Generals home in Highlands and a police report has been lodged at Harare Central police station.

The letter accompanying the bullet was inscribed Raira nhaka (Sort out your Estate), which is an apparent death threat to Hon Biti, who is also the Minister of Finance. The MDC believes that these threats cannot be taken lightly, especially against the background of renewed violence and persecution of MDC leaders, MPs and members. The threats also come against a background of increased vitriol against Hon Biti by the public media, Nathaniel Manheru and the Zanu PF sidekick, Jonathan Moyo, through sponsored articles in which the victims are never given the right of reply. The MDC has not forgotten that in 2008, Nathaniel Manheru, the pen name of a senior official in the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity, predicted that there would be blood on the political floor barely weeks before Zanu PF went into an orgy of violence following the MDCs historic victory in the 29 March 2008 plebiscite. Jonathan Moyos diatribe has been a forerunner to calamities against forces of progress as evidenced by the bombing of The Daily News printing press in the early hours of Sunday, 28 January 2001 barely hours after the former Information minister had issued what he called a last warning to the newspaper.

The live bullet delivered at Hon Bitis home is a tragic climax to the barrage of defamatory vitriol spewed through the public media ever since the Minister of Finance delivered a pro-poor mid-term fiscal policy position which was well-received by the various sectors of the economy.

The terror-tactics of sending live bullets to Cabinet ministers is a sure sign that the desperate forces fighting the new dispensation are getting more and more desperate every day.

As a party, we hope that there will be full investigation on this matter and we hope that the justice system will move with speed in getting to the root of this matter. Just as a barking dog will not stop a moving train, the childish, petty and puerile forces of darkness will not deter the MDC officials in the inclusive government from working tirelessly to save Zimbabwe. This country belongs to all of us.

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