|Biti sounding too good to be true|
|Wednesday, 04 July 2012 14:41|
In an interview published this week, MDC-T secretary general and Finance Minister Tendai Biti makes some statements that would naturally make one jump from their seats. This is because he makes remarks that you would not exactly expect to come from his MDC-T mouth in general and from his personal perspective as a fiery politician that many have taken him to be.
This ranges from the apparently seriousness of, “Zimbabwe will never be a colony again” to the gushing praises of President Mugabe’s leadership and person. It goes to the point where Biti tells us that President Mugabe is “seductive: I’m sure every woman is in love with him.”
Consider the following, for example:
If you negotiate a contract, a bad deal for the country . . . you are selling your country.
Earlier he had called for the unpacking of the “national question”, which he opined had never — before the inclusive Government — been unpacked and “what it means to be a Zimbabwean” explored.
He is also unconvincing.
If this is what Biti is driving at when he talks of “smart imperialism, more subtle imperialism”, then he is blithe and unconvincing because he brings this onerous and weighty issue to the plain plane of business deal-making.
That’s what he was routing for. It is also very simplistic that incompetence, lack of advice and technology constitutes selling the country out.
Perhaps the answer lies in his mention of his “fighting the battles of my own generation”, which he puts to “economic liberation”, contrasting with nationalist and political liberation of yore. This too, presents a problem, especially when it is known that his and his party’s policies amount to nothing more than tying Zimbabwe to the crumbling capitalist system identifiable with the likes of IMF and the World Bank.
same cogent governing ideas elsewhere.
Biti should admit that the devil pact his party made with the West, leading to the imposition of sanctions against Zimbabwe — is one such bad deal — which he now cannot reverse despite spending hours with the likes of Johnnie Carson and the EU. Part of that deal was to make Zanu-PF the scapegoat when the West imposed ruinous sanctions on the country.
That kind of reversal certainly does not revolve around making the country more vulnerable by trying to bust sanctions-busting measures, which Biti has been accused of — which he attributes for a search for “transparency”. Which brings another paradox in the whole of Biti’s thrust. It is rather astounding for Biti to tell the world that sanctions are “not serving the best interest of Zimbabwe”, while he stands accused of plotting to entrench the very same sanctions by busting the godsend of diamonds which are capable of busting the sanctions.
Biti, therefore, does have much to prove — upon which history will have to judge him.