by Lovemore Zigara
16 June 2014 | MDC leadership renewal team leader Tendai Biti says the country is better off under the stewardship of President Mugabe than under embattled MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai. Biti labelled Tsvangirai "a Gumbura" following the former prime minister’s string of sex scandals with different women which contributed to his crushing defeat during last year’s harmonised elections.
Gumbura, leader of End Time Message Church, was convicted of four counts of rape and possession of p*rnographic material and was sentenced to 40 years in jail.
Biti was speaking in Gweru during an MDC renewal team meeting held at Elephant Lodge on Saturday.
He accused Tsvangirai of being a serial bed hopper who would go after any woman he comes across.
Biti said Tsvangirai does not suit the profile of a national leader.
"We cannot run away from (President) Mugabe and go to Gumbura who chases every woman he sees. We cannot have a Gumbura to lead the party and we cannot put faith in individuals.
"We hear him on a daily basis that he has failed to settle bills and the next day we hear he is chasing after women.
"We are now hearing that he has lost his mind. I feel pity for people who continue following the MDC-T leader because they are following a spent force who has outlived his usefulness," he said.
The former MDC-T secretary-general said Tsvangirai’s kitchen cabinet was useless as it had people who failed to deliver during the opposition party’s time in the inclusive government.
He said it was only him and former Energy minister Elton Mangoma who managed to deliver during the coalition government.
Said Biti: "I do not know why Tsvangirai is coming up with a shadow cabinet because it is not doing anything. They are only following Tsvangirai across the country addressing rallies while not proffering solutions for the ailing economy.
"In any case the shadow cabinet is full of people who failed to deliver during the inclusive government. In the MDC-T, it is only I and Elton Mangoma who delivered on their mandate and President Mugabe has acknowledged that."
Biti announced that the renewal project would soon become a fully fledged political party and would lure other parties to form a grand coalition.