Biti promises to announce election results

by Claver Nyuki

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader and MDC Alliance principal, Tendai BITI has promised chaos after this month’s harmonised elections in a move widely seen as conceding defeat in the July 30 harmonised elections.

Addressing a paltry crowd at Mavambo Business Centre in Goromonzi South yesterday, Biti declared that he would go ahead and announce the Alliance presidential candidate, Nelson Chamisa as the winner in the case that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) delays in announcing the election results.

“We expect the results to be announced by 2 August 2018 or else I will go ahead and announce Chamisa as the presidential winner,” he declared.

The threat by Biti follows the opposition’s close associate and former Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, who after suffering defeat in the October 26, 2017 presidential election, declared himself President and went ahead and swore himself into office despite warnings that going ahead with the ceremony would invite treason charges.

Biti’s warning follows a similar incident in 2008 in which he illegally called a press conference and declared the then MDC leader, Morgan Tsvangirai as winner before ZEC officially announced the election results, an offence regarded as a coup.

Addressing the same meeting, Biti lambasted Goromonzi South independent candidate, Thomas Mawodzeri for being a Zanu PF agent planted to split the MDC Alliance vote in the constituency. He threatened the independent candidate with unspecified actions after elections.

Biti also promised that the Alliance, once in Government would introduce policies to retire every civil servant above the age of 65 and order senior civil servant to declare their asserts, policies which are already being implemented by the Zanu PF led Government.