Zanu-Ndonga condemns bombing of Finance Minister's home

HARARE – Zimbabwean opposition party ZANU-NDONGA has condemned the attack on Finance Minister and Movement for Democratic Change Secretary-General Tendai Biti's house in Harare's on Sunday night.

The party founded by the late nationalist dabaningi Sithole described the attack as ‘barbaric’.

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Reketayi Semwayo, the ZANU-NDONGA national chairman, said the act of terrorism was meant to frustrate Biti in his discharge of national duty.

“As a party, ZANU-NDONGA is fully behind Minister Biti’s efforts to revive the national economy,” said Semwayo, adding that the party was concerned by the current volatile environment and uncertainty.

“We urge the police to be impartial in their investigations and also expect them to bring the culprits to book as failure to do so will worsen the uncertainty that is gripping the country right now. ZANU-NDONGA further believes that the only solution to the current impasse in the inclusive government is through the holding of credible free and fair elections,” he said.

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 Meanwhile, Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson Charles Charamba has accused Finance Minister Tendai Biti of stage managing an assassination ploy on himself to hoodwink Southern African Development Community (SADC) leaders into believing his party was under siege.

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“This was a propaganda political petrol bomb so poorly done ahead of the Sadc Summit in South Africa. If the idea was to draw attention to Minister Biti and his party, then the MDC-T needs to be a little bit more inventive next time,” Charamba told State media Monday.

A SADC extra ordinary summit will this Saturday review Zimbabwe’s insecure political situation blamed on President Mugabe’s refusal to share power with his coalition partners.

Charamba’s comments come after the MDC-T secretary general’s Chisipite’s house was petrol bombed by unknown assailants early Sunday morning resulting in a minor damage to the perimeter wall.

But Charamba blamed this on the Prime Minister’s party saying petrol bombs were associated with the party, adding “It’s a poor selling point for their party.”

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Police also described the attack as fake, saying there was a 17 hour delay in reporting it. Police said the delay in reporting the case was meant to conceal evidence by the Finance Minister.

“To avoid contamination of the scene, such cases should be reported as soon as possible so that police effect investigations,” Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena was quoted in the State media as having said.

He however said police have since instituted investigations into the matter.

The MDC has demanded a “thorough” investigation into the incident and has further accused the State President Robert Mugabe of uttering statements that endanger the lives of his opponents.

Mugabe last week accused Biti of usurping his Presidential Powers through his tight control of the national purse.

The veteran leader and his loyalists have been long used to unfettered access to treasury funds under a Zanu PF government.

Meanwhile Zanu (PF) has dispatched a delegation to South Africa led by former information minister Jonathan Moyo ahead of the SADC special session on Zimbabwe on Saturday. Moyo and his delegation’s mandate, according to sources, are to portray the MDC-T as a violent party.

Sources said they would use the murder of Inspector Petros Mutedzi in Glen View two weeks ago.