Villain of the party

In the space of a month, Tendai Biti has gone from Tsvangirai’s heir-apparent to villain of the party. After MDC-T deputy national treasurer Elton Mangoma was assaulted by supporters of Tsvangirai and a Molotov cocktail exploded against Biti’s perimeter wall, cracks were evident in the party’s structure.


Any chances of a ceasefire were blown following utterances by Biti which can be interpreted as an endorsement of Zanu (PF)’s election victory.

The ruling party, desperate for credibility after another controversial election win, immediately latched onto Biti’s speech, which was aired for a full 10 minutes on ZTV, a channel on which MDC-T could not buy even 10 seconds of advertising time during the run up to July 31.

In comparison to August 2013 when he eloquently said Zanu (PF) had stolen the election to the extent that they themselves are so embarrassed, Biti’s latest remarks are a shocking turnaround. He said the ruling party had a better election message. A neutral observer cannot help but wonder whether this moment of clarity was inspired by the recent attempt on his life.

Despite acknowledging the need for his party to speak the same language as ‘the little woman in Chendambuya or Dotito,’ a glance at Biti’s Facebook page will reveal that one needs a dictionary to decipher the many jawbreakers he uses.

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