MDC-T, Renewal Team battle for violence victims


A NEW turf war has erupted between the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T and “fired” secretary-general Tendai Biti’s Renewal Team, with both sides fighting to outwit each other in supporting victims of political violence.


Biti was “fired” from the MDC-T early this year after he publicly supported the call for leadership renewal which was set in motion by former deputy treasurer-general Elton Mangoma in February this year.

Biti and his team have hinted on forming a new party.

Addressing his Renewal Team leaders in Harare on Saturday, Biti said they had mobilised financial aid for all victims of political violence since the party’s formation in 1999.

“We should have a programme for transitional justice in Zimbabwe in which all victims of political violence are compensated. That will allow healing,” Biti said.

But MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora yesterday accused Biti’s camp of “stealing” the idea from Tsvangirai.

“The announcement by Tendai Biti’s nameless party that it has funds to start compensating MDC-T victims of political violence is the most telling of the renewal group’s lack of moral fibre,” Mwonzora said.

“The MDC-T was accused of not caring for its members who were victimised by Zanu PF while these gentlemen [Biti and Mangoma] were busy spending party money on scholarships for their girlfriends, and exorbitant salaries for party workers whose loyalty they were buying.”

Mwonzora said Biti’s outfit which he described as “a motley collection of elitist snobs with no following around the country and interested mainly in hoodwinking impressionable donors would fail in its plot to win support by dangling money to victims of political violence”.

However, Renewal Team spokesperson Jacob Mafume labelled the MDC-T as “suffering from acute cognitive dissonance”.

“Mwonzora is becoming paranoid and disillusioned in the sense that it is an open secret that the money that could have been used to compensate victims was used to pay one woman after the other by Tsvangirai,” Mafume said.

“What the Renewal Team is saying is it will prioritise compensation of victims before we get wives and houses.

Tsvangirai should not look further than himself.

“The money used to pay off  Locardia Karimatsenga [Tsvangirai’s ex-girlfriend] could build 10 000 rural homes and the
$1,5 million used to renovate his [Highlands] house could have built over 50 000 rural homes.”

Over 300 MDC-T supporters were killed in 2008 and thousands displaced while several homes belonging to opposition activists were razed down by suspected Zanu PF supporters in the past elections.

Meanwhile, the Biti faction yesterday said it had formally “expelled” Tsvangirai and MDC-T national chairman Lovemore Moyo from the party following a default judgment made against them by the disciplinary committee last Friday.

Biti and his team in April “suspended” Tsvangirai and six other officials close to him and charged them for breaching the party constitution.

Tsvangirai last Thursday obtained a High Court interdict to block the disciplinary hearings.

Part of the committee’s verdict prepared by Renewal Team lawyer Gift Nyandoro read: “It is our respectful finding that the misdemeanors committed are so gross and that the only punishment that meets the same is that of expulsion.”


  1. Isu hatibati, kwete, bodo. Irwai zvekurwa zviye kusvika madhongi amera nyanga. Handiti zvemascholarship emagirlfriend zvakubuda. Zvemari dzaibhadharwa neparty kumadzimai aTsvangison bvu pachena. Mbijana mbijana zvese tichazvinzwa. BUT if u want to b a nationalistic party remember all parties were affected by violence so mari yemadonor kumunhu wese. Icho

    • vana Jacob mafumu!zanu chaiyo haina kana kumbovaka dzimba iko kumaruzevha kwamurikutaura.this is day dreaming dude.hanzi 50 000 rural homes.dzaani uye sei????nxaaaaaaaaaaa.

  2. @irwai,@bichanabichana mufambiro werembongoro. Let the mdc show continue and I am enjoying every minute. Come on Tsv, come on Biti. First it Tsv versus Ncube now its Biti and who is the next target? Shiri ine muririwayo….kkkkkk

  3. Bit I thinks he is clever than anyone else. Just yesterday he was minister of finance. Said we should eat what we kill. Now he is saying the opposite. The Zim economy tumbled when war veterans and all were paid money from no where. Now he wants to re introduce the same system on a grand scale. So the country is all about victims coz hapana asina kanyaya kake.
    Its making things worse. Iye as a former minister of finance should know better.
    Kumwe kupererwa so kunoda kufambirwa sure.

  4. congrats boys and all the best boys wit this fruity party of yours.
    may i ask which one among the usual suspect donors suggested ‘fruits’ as your association symbol, yankees?
    very pretty finnish floosies dress sense too what did they thats all about?
    next their yankee stadium cheer centre will be praising you as cheese salads !!
    good luck boys.

    • Don’t you think it was better for biti to eat those oranges to improve his health?

  5. tendai why not form anther party totally divorced from the Movement for Democratic Change, look @ Munyaradzi Gwisai, Prof. Welshman Ncube, Job Si(ya)kala,You could call your new party Democratic Renewal, Renewal Party, or better still Democratic Change Movement if DCM is the pull alphabet.

  6. Mafume unongohukura sembwa inotya mhepo,iwe,biti namangoma makafa pfungwa,makapata,woti zimhazha,fomai Part yenyu tione,hapana kwamunoenda imi,

  7. Tendai Biti and Elton Mangoma were ministers in the Government of National Unity which ran the affairs of the country until the July 31 national elections. As cabinet ministers they were both issued with Toyota Prados for official travel in the country, and Mercs for town travel. At the end of their terms, they were entitled to buy the vehicles if they wanted them for personal use after leaving government, and they did buy the vehicles. In addition, they also took advantage of the parliamentarians vehicle scheme under which VIPs, including parliamentarians, get loans from Government to buy vehicles without paying an form of tax.

  8. Finally, my paycheck is $ 8,500? A working 10 hours per week online. My brother’s friend had an average of 12K for several months, he work about 22 hours a week. I can not believe how easy it is, once I try to do so. This is what I do.

    ……….. W­W­W.W­O­R­K­7­2.ℂ­O­ℳ

  9. kkkkkkkk machinja zvomopera kungo netsana mogamoga whilst us the ZANU PF we are doing serious business come 2018 mudhara will win again Tsvangison Hokoyo nechibhakera chamudhara unokuvara iwe Chematama. Tvangirai leave politics and concentrate on women. MDC zivai kuti ZANU chiwororo makambani Takatora mafarms takatora upfumi hwese tinahwo. Pamberi nemi babava cChatunga and munogona

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