Biti: Mnangagwa has disempowered state institutions

Biti: Mnangagwa has disempowered state institutions

By Karen Nyeraurombo

MDC Alliance vice president Tendai Biti says President Emmerson Mnangagwa has totally disempowered state institutions in a bid to continue fastening his grip on power.

Mnangagwa who first came to power in November 2017 courtesy of Operation Restore Legacy which was facilitated by the military, narrowly won the 2018 general election against Nelson Chamisa of MDC Alliance.

Since the elections, President Mnangagwa’s government has been accused of frustrating its opponents through various state institutions such as courts, the police and Parliament, among others.

Speaking recently, Biti said “The levels of State capture are huge, exacerbated and without limits, Emmerson has totally emasculated state institutions as he grips power.

“Emmerson has totally emasculated the three institutions in Zimbabwe the judiciary, executive, legislature and one could add the Chapter 12 institutions, Anti-Corruption Commission, Human Rights Commission, Gender Rights Commission, Media Commission and finally the National Reconciliation and Peace Commission.

“The grips of Emmerson on these institutions are unwavering, unmitigated, it’s a vice-like grip so the first lesson is that there is total state capture in Zimbabwe.

“The second lesson is that you’re essentially dealing with deranged individuals, a deranged system, someone without boundaries, someone without limits, there is no elasticity at all, and he’ll do things that are unexpected. It does not matter he is the type of individual who can cut his nose to spite his face, he is so desperate to hold on to power that he will do anything to reproduce his illegal illegitimate rule.

“Thirdly the lesson to be derived from all this is that we can’t trust these institutions, we can’t trust any institution in Zimbabwe, we are on our own and therefore we have to provide the leadership, the agency that is equal to the task at hand and the task at hand is how do you dismantle the friction of this securocratic fascist conglomeration of all kinds of slime creatures that are currently dominating the political landscape,” he said.

Biti is among the six legislators that were recently recalled from Parliament by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).