Biti vows Mnangagwa ‘war’ after recall of MPs from parliament
By Staff Reporter
MDC vice president Tendai Biti Tuesday vowed war against President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom he singled out for plotting against the Nelson Chamisa led party.
This comes after MDC Alliance senator and reinstated MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora boldly recalled four senior MDC Alliance MPs from parliament in a riveting climax of the main opposition’s leadership wrangle.
The lawmakers recalled Tuesday were Dangamvura/Chikanga legislator Prosper Mutseyami, Chalton Hwende (Kuwadzana), Thabitha Khumalo (Bulawayo proportional representation MP) and Senator Lilian Timveous.
But Biti, in his address to the media Tuesday, blamed Mnangagwa for the developments within the main opposition, adding it was time to be more aggressive with their Zanu PF nemesis.
“We consider what has happened today as a declaration of war, as the end of normal politics.
“As opposition, we will defend ourselves as we are permitted to do peacefully and constitutionally in terms of Section 59 of the Constitution.
“We have given peace a chance, we have given dialogue a chance. Emmerson Mnangagwa has constantly reminded us that he is not worthy of the respect we have given him to a dialogue. We accept the declaration of the war and will defend ourselves,” said Biti.
The MDC’s leadership soap opera took a turn for the worse following the 2018 death of founding party leader Morgan Tsvangirai whose demise ignited a dogfight for his job among party hawks.
The Supreme Court recently restored the party under the stewardship of Thokozani Khupe, declaring Chamisa’s rise to the helm of the opposition was in violation of the party constitution.