Biti survives stone attack
Biti, a former Finance minister during the inclusive government, told Standard People yesterday that they were attacked on their way to the Zambezi River for fishing.
"We were going to Huyo, there in Dande right in the Zambezi," Biti said.
"So when we got into Muzarabani close to the boundary of Agricultural and Rural Development Authority (ARDA), Zanu-PF mounted an illegal roadblock and they threw stones at our vehicles and we had to make a U-turn.
"So at about four kilometres in an area called Mbire which is located in a valley, close to Zambezi River, when we had stopped to talk to locals, Zanu-PF supporters started attacking us again, and we had to flee.
"My car was extensively damaged. I am sure the 2023 elections will be tough because conditions for a free, and fair election do not exist."
⛔️ALERT - Suspected ZANUPF thugs have attacked CCC MP Hon @BitiTendai & other CCC leaders as they were driving through Adage in Muzarabani. The thugs mounted an illegal roadblock before stoning & damaging his vehicle. We condemn this persecution. #NoToViolence pic.twitter.com/jWhAKpcTQh— Citizens' Coalition for Change (@CCCZimbabwe) June 18, 2022
Biti laid blame on Zanu-PF legislator for Muzarabani North MP Soda Zhemu who is also the Energy and Power Development minister, Muzarabani South MP Tapera Saizi and Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe.
Kazembe, the MP for Mazowe West constituency, is also the provincial chairperson of Zanu-PF in Mashonaland Central.
"So this is unacceptable violence. We don't accept this," Biti said.
"It falls squarely in the hands of the Zanu-PF MPs of that side, Saizi, Zhemu and Kazembe.
‘They must take full responsibility for this."
Analysts have already predicted a violent campaign towards the 2023 poll after the run-up to the March 26 by-elections was marred by pockets of violence.
The country has witnessed a surge in politically motivated violence.
A CCC activist, Moreblessing Ali, was abducted on May 26 and killed in the most brutal manner.
Her body was discovered inside a well of a homestead belonging to a Zanu-PF activist in Nyatsime, Chitungwiza.