Tendai Biti’s home petrol bombed

A PETROL bomb hit the home of former finance minister Tendai Biti on Tuesday, a party spokesman said, the second such attack in three years.

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Part of the pillar at Biti’s house which was petrol bombed.

 

“Our secretary-general, Tendai Biti told us that his house was attacked early this morning,” Douglas Mwonzora, of the MDC-T, said, adding the explosion did not injure anyone.

Mwonzora said the petrol bomb hit the security wall of the Harare house and was likely the work of long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his party.

“The attack bears the fingerprints of Zanu PF,” he said.

“We condemn the act and we are saying, after discussions with honourable Biti, this is the work of MDC enemies. The attack bears the fingerprints of Zanu PF.

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Tendai Biti’s house in Umwinsdale.

 

“Zimbabweans know how the MDC was blamed for the murder of Cain Nkala (Bulawayo war veterans’ chairperson) only to be acquitted by the courts.

“Further to this, the MDC has been accused of bombing police stations only to be proven innocent.

“It is clear there are political parties that want to exacerbate the disagreements within MDC and play MDC leaders against each other.

“Clearly, the MDC does not resolve its political disputes in such a cowardly fashion.”

Police could not comment.

Biti, a lawyer and firebrand critic of Mugabe’s economic policies, is a powerful official in the MDC-T. But he has frequently clashed with the party’s leadership.

Mwonzora dismissed suggestions the attack could have been prompted by an internal party dispute over Morgan Tsvangirai’s leadership.

“It is clear that this is the work of the enemies of the MDC who want to portray it as a violent party,” he said.

Last month MDC-T deputy treasurer Elton Mangoma was beaten by party youths outside the party’s Harvest House headquarters days after he wrote a letter to Tsvangirai advising him to step down. An MDC-T youth leader was arrested by police over the weekend charged with the beating.

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CCTV footage showing how the incident happened.

 

—Agencies

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