Dismantle Zanu PF first to deal with State capture: Biti

MDC Alliance deputy chairperson Tendai Biti yesterday claimed dismantling the infrastructure of State capture would not be an easy task, as it involved first dealing with the ruling Zanu PF, which he said was the source.


For the past two weeks, some businesspeople with strong links to the Presidium, among them Sakunda Holdings boss Kudakwashe Tagwirei, have been at the centre of controversy following revelations that they were firmly controlling levers of power through capturing the country’s leadership.

The matter has dangerously divided the ruling party, and leaders were seemingly edging towards acrimony, which has created fierce factional wars in Zanu PF.

The Harare East legislator yesterday said Zanu PF, in itself, reflected State capture through the conflation of government business.

He said the first step would be to address this conflation and institutional reforms would follow.

“There has to be serious political reforms, serious political institutional and constitutional reforms to make these institutions independent,” he said.

Biti said there has to be an understanding of State capture because it is multi-faceted other than having a few individuals reportedly calling the shots.

“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 clear takeover of the State by Zanu PF,” he said.

“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. They are interested in power retention and resources.”

The former Finance minister said those same characters were involved in black market forex trade, fuel shortages and have vast gold claims and inviting some dubious moguls to invest in the country.

“These are the same people who are in incestuous deals with the Chinese and the Russians. You have to study and unpack,” he said.

Biti said Parliament had a limited role in breaking the infrastructure of State capture, as it was largely controlled by Zanu PF.

“Parliament can play a role, but ultimately, the Parliament itself is subject to whoever has a majority there and the majority is Zanu PF. You cannot exclude it from captured institutions from that point of view,” he said.

In Zanu PF, already, senior officials have come out guns blazing against individuals fingered in capturing institutions of the State.

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  1. Hapana, hapana, the sad reality is that the loud-mouthed Biti et al are equally susceptible to capture by the same oligarchy…

  2. Tendai tendai why not just shut up and focus on your court case of skipping the border and raising spurious charges to seek asylumn when you abandoned demostrators back home after selling them a dummy that you were going to lead from the front, these memories have dented your political image.

    1. So you think Biti,s border skipping is more important than the bread and butter issues that we are facing.Sad

  3. Biti don’t sound so defeatist. The ultimate power lies with the people.Take this information you have about state capture not to the media which disseminates in English, but to the people. And one more thing Biti, there is one phrase which a leader whether in government, politics or business should never utter, and that is “…..it’s very difficult….”

  4. If someone asks for donations from the people as an opposition leader, its just a matter of not finding a cartel or a queen or king B,a donor is a cartel also i think malevels ndiwo anongosiyana. KuMdc worse it is already captured whilst it is still an opposition party.

  5. Some of other pple in this country vari kutofara nesituation yatinayo.tell me what’s wrong with Biti? Shame for guys!

  6. Phunyukabemphethe

    The core to all Zim’s problems is ZANU PF. Nothing will come right in that country as long as ZANU PF exists and is in charge. Most countries to the north only started progressing after the end of the so-called liberation movements. In the South the exceptions are South Africa/ANC; Botswana/BDP and Namibia/SWAPO. Look at Mozambique and their Frelimo; Angola? All disasters. Zambia had to see to the end of UNIP before things started moving – and if you check, it has started regressing now because of Edgar Lungu’s love for the so-called liberation politicians in the region. The Malawi Congress had to die first before things looked up. Unfortunately, things are regressing too in that country. Liberation parties have a culture of entitlement to rule with impunity, hence the corruption and lack of respect for public state resources and if the citizens are not wise, they will be left with a desert by the time such parties fold up!

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