Military Did Not Plan November Coup In Order To Lose Elections: Biti Warns Of Violent Election

Former finance minister and opposition politician Tendai Biti has warned the opposition that it is fighting for Zimbabwe and for its survival in the forthcoming elections. According to Biti, the military will do everything possible to retain power, including using violence to intimidate the electorate.  Biti warned that the military did not go through the November 2017 military coup against former President Robert Mugabe only to lose power through an election, a few months later. Speaking at the Sapes Trust on Thursday, Biti said:

The issue of violence is going to be a factor in this election. They did not plan this coup in order to lose power in July or August 2018.

They (military) have been marrying designer wives; they have been sending themselves to school. There are now more per capita PhDs in the army than anywhere else.

And they were not getting those PhDs in order to get a job at Econet or Delta Corporations. They were getting those degrees in order to lay their hands on the State. So, this is going to be a fight of our lives.

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a violent election.

More: New Zimbabwe


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Tendai Laxton Biti is a politician and currently one of the 3 Vice Presidents of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). He was elected the vice presidency in May 2019 at the MDC Congress. Biti is also one of Zimbabwe's most prominent lawyers. Biti is... Read More About Tendai Biti

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7 comments on “Military Did Not Plan November Coup In Order To Lose Elections: Biti Warns Of Violent Election

    1. The problem with our politicians is that they seem to be selfish, not worried about someone else taking the country forward. Why cant we give ED a chance for the period he is in power? Why go to western countries and advocate for “maintain the current policy”? is that going to do the country any good? Is it going to benefit the ordinary person on the street? Why let the country suffer when you claim to have the key to economic revival? Why not implement the idea whilst outside government and use it as a campaign tool at election time? Why wait until you are in power to implement it? What if you don’t ever get to be selected? Why bring up issues of the past that only needs forgiveness? Education does not seem to do us any good either. People are very educated but they can’t build a small country like ours. We hear them talking bad about any leader that is trying to do something good for the nation. Those in government don’t listen to the opposition and vice versa. Some so called doctors and political commentators are only good at criticizing without giving solutions to get the country off the current situation. Our country is just waiting for each and every one of us to forgive one another and contribute meaningfully and off we go. For as long as we don’t forgive each other we are doomed, forget about any FDI that can come in because someone might not want to see some politician succeed and take up arms and start fighting and in the process no investor would stick around in a war zone.

  1. This is nonsense ,these politicians don’t mind about the Zimbos they only think of making a profit out of hungry people .

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