Harare East legislator, Tendai Biti has recused the United States and European Union from the current economic and political problems facing Zimbabwe, blaming it on the ruling party Zanu PF whom he said are sorely responsible for the mess the people find themselves in today.
In an interview with a local online media organisation, the Mail and Telegraph said sanctions has become a slogan in Zanu PF while ignoring the fact that Zimbabwe is in an economic mess due to bad policies and failure to respect human rights.
“The real sanction on this economy on our people is Zanu PF and its bad policies. Stop beating up people for crisis sake. Stop stealing elections, where is Itai Dzamara as I am speaking right now? Stop imposing economics that is terrible, who introduced the bond note, it was not a sanction. Who made Itai Dzamara disappear, it was not a sanction. Who killed 30 000 of our people during Gukurahundi? It was not a sanction. Who is persecuting some of us? It is not a sanction,” Biti said.
He described the sanction blame leveled on US sanctions by the government as a misplaced criticism charging that government and its people need to find means and ways of solving issues affecting Zimbabwe in its entirety.
“The absence of productivity in Zimbabwe is Zanu PF. So the sanction is Zanu PF and that is affecting our people. Stealing elections has nothing to do with the United States of America or Britain or the EU, its Zanu PF.
“Capturing state institutions has nothing to do with the United States of America, its Zanu PF. So the sanction is Zanu PF and let’s be honest enough to deal with sanction that is called Zanu PF”, Biti said.
He added that accusing his party leader President Nelson Chamisa of pressuring the US to uphold sanctions was rubbish and untrue.
Zimbabwe’s new dispensation inspired by President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been on an offensive campaign marketing the country to the global community, seeking re-connection with key political and economic partners such as US and the EU.
However, since the July 30 2018 post-election violence that left at least six civilians dead allegedly following the firing of live ammunition to quell protesters by the army, leaving Mnangagwa’s bid to institute a new mark in Zimbabwe’s political affairs went up in the smoke