Biti out at last


Movement for Democratic Change-Renewal Team leader Tendai Biti has finally come out. His party, which still does not have a name, has ditched the red colour used by the Morgan Tsvangirai faction and has adopted orange. Party spokesman Jacob Mafume said orange was the colour used by social democrats around the world. “The orange colour shows that the country is ripe for change,” Mafume said according to The Standard. Biti is currently involved in a legal battle with Tsvangirai with his faction summoning Tsvangirai for a disciplinary hearing. The High Court blocked the hearing pending the finalisation of a case in which Tsvangirai wants the hearing nullified. Tsvangirai also wants to be declared the legitimate owner of MDC assets including the party headquarters, Harvest House, and 120 vehicles. Mafume says the hearing went ahead on Friday because Tsvangirai cited the wrong people in his application. He cited Biti, Elton Mangoma and Sekai Holland instead of the tribunal. It is, therefore, not clear whether the tribunal ruling, if any, has any standing at all.


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The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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