Biti forms new political party as 2018 race heats up

Biti forms new political party as 2018 race heats up

FORMER finance minister Tendai Biti has launched a new political party, the Progressive Democratic Party (PDP)  in Harare today, two days after ousted vice president Joice Mujuru unveiled a blueprint for another new party that is still to be officially founded.

“Another Zimbabwe is possible,” former finance minister Tendai Biti
said on launching the PDP  while accusing the ruling Zanu-PF of “failing to give the people of Zimbabwe a new opportunity,” said  Biti at the launch.

Biti broke away from the main opposition Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC) after it failed in 2013 to defeat Mugabe in elections
for the third-consecutive time. The opposition accused Mugabe, who
has ruled the southern African country since 1980, of rigging the poll.

Biti launched his party two days after former vice president Joice
Mujuru unveiled a blueprint for another new party that is still to be
officially founded.

Mujuru had earlier been tipped to succeed Mugabe, who then sacked her in December after accusing her of plotting to kill him.

Others seen as presidential hopefuls include Mugabe’s current deputy,
Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the president’s wife, Grace.

The veteran leader claims to be in good health, but his frequent
trips for medical treatment abroad have sparked speculation that he
might not be able to contest the elections set for 2018. – ANA