|Inside Minister Tendai Biti’s mind|
|Sunday, 01 July 2012 01:05|
“He is a fountain of experience, knowledge and, most importantly, a fountain of stability. There are a lot of horrible things that would have happened in this country if he had not said ‘No’.
“We find counsel and wisdom in him. His importance in this country will be seen once he is gone. When he is gone that is when you will see that this man was Zimbabwe. Some of us who came from different parties have had to learn a lot from the man.’’
“When I do my (national) budget I take it to President Mugabe. There has not been a single discussion where he has said ‘No, no’. He will say, ‘Why don’t you have a relook at this, but he will not use the word ‘no’.
The minister also disclosed that the Government has set aside a chest of US$100 million for national elections scheduled for later this year.
Government agreed to bank the money as a contingency plan for the impending polls.
“There has to be a contingency plan and Government understands that.”
“Our relationship is not just normal but very very good. He (the Prime Minister) knows where I am and what I am doing at all times . . . We have only one leader in MDC-T and that is Morgan Richard Tsvangirai. Let me state it on record that I will never challenge Morgan Tsvangirai as leader of MDC.”
On political violence, Minister Biti said the problem affected all political parties and the country as a whole.
“This is a national problem . . . There is a general problem of violence across the country, even in churches. The Anglican Church has been split by violence. We are largely a sick society from that point of view, which is why I referred to national healing and reconciliation. We have our own challenges as a party,’’ he added, referring to violent incidents that charactarised the MDC-T’s last primary elections in Bulawayo.
However, in the past, some non-governmental organisations, the West and the MDC-T itself have accused Zanu-PF of solely orchestrating political violence.