Zimbabwe minister besieged

2012-10-03 22:21

Harare - Zimbabwe's finance minister says militants from the president's party tried to invade his office, demanding his resignation after they didn't receive an increase in their salaries and pension claims.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti insists he can't pay them until diamond mining earnings controlled by loyalists to President Robert Mugabe are fully paid into state coffers.

Austerity measures in Zimbabwe's troubled economy have triggered death threats against Biti, including live ammunition sent in the mail and one petrol bomb attack at his home.

He said on Wednesday that hundreds of militant veterans of the bush war that led to independence in 1980 barricaded his downtown offices late on Tuesday.

Biti, who is a close aide of former opposition leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, says he will not bow to demands for him to quit.

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-03 22:29

    Good to see bob is on getting on the campaign trail

      warren.moore.7545 - 2012-10-04 00:07

      There is nothing good for such lawlessness and thuggery . Time is getting close for us to take steps towards change in Zimbabwe....any wrong move by Mugabe in 2013 will cost him dearly....and i mean it.

  • wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-04 01:16

    The issue of wrestling control of the Police and the other institution and put the Joint Operations Command (JOC) out of business once lies at the heart of all this and Zimbabwe's continued lawlessness. The Police should be accountable no Parliament and not not Mugabe and his select few cronies who constitute JOC. PM Tsvangirai and his MDC friends including Finance Minister Tendai Biti knew of the existence of JOC and of this body its unconstitutional and disruptive activities. When Mugabe promised the MDC leaders senior government positions, ministerial cars and all the other privileges they have been enjoying they forgot about the democratic reforms the promised the people and about JOC. For four years they had done nothing to end Zimbabwe's culture of political violence and now this in be visited on their own doors!

  • bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-10-04 06:16

    Never quit Biti we still need you. You have got so much courage such you have stood firm against these thugs from day one into your office. Keep up the good work minister.

  • comrade.shefu - 2012-10-04 13:24

    What the f**cking job are these bustards doing?Why do they want a wage increase whilst teachers and nurses are being underpaid.God forbid.

  • justice.shingange - 2012-10-04 14:13

    I just like your bravely Mr. BITI

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2012-10-04 19:32

    Next we will see Malema's acolytes invading old what's his name office demanding similar increases.

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