MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti believes his recall from Parliament by Lucia Matibenga’s People’s Democratic Party (PDP) faction is a move aimed at paralysing the Public Accounts (PAC) parliamentary portfolio Committee which he chairs.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post this Wednesday, Biti said PAC was on the verge of releasing damning reports of corruption in state entities, hence his ouster from Parliament. He said:
PAC which I happen to be its chairperson this week dragged Zesa executive chairperson Sydney Gata to explain how Kuda Tagwirei of Sakunda was awarded the Dema diesel plant without due process.
We started with Dema and next was command agriculture and then Zinara. We are chronicling the corruption reports where Tagwirei is the kingpin.
We have those reports ready so my recall is to make sure that issues to do with corruption are not brought before parliament.
On Wednesday Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda officially announced a notice from the PDP secretary-general Benjamin Rukanda that Biti, William Madzimure, Settlement Chikwinya and Sichelesile Mahlangu, cease to be their members, hence they cannot be parliamentarians for the party.
Biti said the “system” is fighting to make sure corruption is not exposed. He said:
We will convene as a party and make sure we come up with a collective decision.
Remember we contested elections not under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) but under the MDC Alliance.