Biti regrets MDC split

The party has been rendered powerless by the Government of National Unity, says MDC-T secretary general and Finance Minister Tendai Biti.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti.
Finance Minister Tendai Biti.

Contributing to a public debate at a local hotel last week on The Global Financial Crisis and Implications for the Third World: The Case of Zimbabwe, Biti said: “We have never been so powerless and unaggressive. The military has usurped not only the powers of government but that of political parties.”

He said the MDC had also been weakened by factionalism especially the October 2005 split after disagreements over participation in senatorial elections.

‘’We can’t compare what we are today with the days when we were one and rallied our people towards one cause – to democratize the country. Then we talked and walked in unison, we gave Mugabe sleepless nights and spoke with one voice,” Biti said.

As an example, Biti cited the March 2007 demonstration at Machipisa shopping centre, which saw activist Gift Tandare gunned down by police and the mass arrest and detention of more than 70 people.

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