An aide of Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister and deputy leader of the former opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Tendai Biti, was attacked Saturday at the minister’s residence, the party claimed. According to an MDC statement, soldiers “brutally assaulted” Howard Makonza, an aide of Biti. Makonza was taken to hospital for treatment.
While an MDC official claimed they had lodged a police report, Wayne Bvudzijena, Zimbabwe police spokesperson, said he had not received any such report.
“I am not aware of such an incident. Normally it is difficult for such a thing to happen as there is usually tight security at (a) minister’s residence,” said Bvudzijena.
The alleged attack took place while Biti was in South Africa on business.
The perpetrator is believed to be one R. Mwanza who guards the house of Commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, Lt-Gen Philip Sibanda.
Jonathan Moyo and Emmerson Mnangagwa have identified the Minister of Finance as the potential threat to their ambitious project of succeeding Robert Mugabe as the country’s next President. They think Prime Minister Morgan Tvsangirai is nolonger a threat and they’ve shifted their focus on Tendai Biti.
Last week the MDC-T circulated a Press Release saying that Tendai Biti had received a letter with a live bullet in it.
The letter was delivered at the MDC Secretary-General’s 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.