MDC Alliance deputy chairperson Tendai Biti has said that the ruling Zanu-PF party is the source of state capture in Zimbabwe. Biti alleged that key state institutions have been monopolised by powerful business people and that the only way to deal with this is to start by removing Zanu-PF. Speaking to NewsDay, Biti said,
We are faced with a situation where the State and its institutions are totally owned, privatised and monopolised by a system, by a few people and so here you have multi-levels of State capture. The first one is a clear takeover of the State by Zanu PF. There is total party-State conflation. Zanu PF and the State long ago mingled, every civil servant is made subordinate to Zanu PF and that is why many of them end up being Zanu PF MPs. When you look at Zanu PF itself, what is it serving?… It is serving the interests of the military and it is the ultimate owner and inventor of State capture, but these are just a few people who are less than 20.
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The issue of state capture has become topical in recent weeks after the former chairperson of the Finance Ministry’s Communications taskforce Acie Lumumba and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s special advisor Christopher Mutsvangwa alleged that there is a cartel which is monopolising the fuel industry. Mutsvangwa named Sakunda Holdings owner Kuda Tagwirei as the leader of the cartel. Biti has previously raised the issue of state capture and last year, he accused Billy Rautenbach, John Bredenkamp and Tagwirei of being some of the people behind State Capture.