Mugabe Under Pressure To Deal With Finance Minister

“We told the President that he should confront Biti and use his powers to order him to release funds for both civil servants and the constitution,” said Zanu (PF) spokesman Rugare Gumbo. “This is going to be done by the President this week. We are tired of being in the inclusive government. We are the owners of this country and no other party should and will rule this country,” he said.

President Mugabe told about 5 000 of his party supporters at his 87th birth day celebrations in Harare at the weekend that Biti was sitting on at least US$2 million dollars from diamond proceeds.

Biti is on record saying that diamond sales are not remitted to treasury.

“He is sitting on monies; he is not releasing money to COPAC in order to delay the holding of elections. They are playing with fire, he should release money to COPAC and secondly, to civil servants,” said Gumbo.

COPAC is a parliamentary committee set up to spearhead the constitutional process and last year gathered views from the public amid chaos and violence.

Biti was not immediately available for comment when Radio VOP tried to contact him as his mobile phone was unreachable.

Meanwhile Zanu (PF) youths on Sunday force marched a congregation of the apostolic sect from their Sunday service they were holding at an open space in Eastlea to a political rally in Highlands.

The rowdy youths under the instruction of Zanu (PF) Highlands chair, a one Mangemba, approached members of the apostolic sect and ordered them to follow them to Highlands community hall for a political rally.

The congregation which had more than 30 church members in their white garments walked for about five kilometres to the rally venue under tight and close supervision of Zanu (PF) youths.

Mangemba who works in Highlands as a gardener is being used by Zanu (PF) to mobilise support for the party through terrorising residents. He is reportedly been moving from door to door threatening war to residents who refuse to attend daily meetings.

“Mangemba is telling us that soldiers are coming very soon to address residents on daily evening meetings, “said one Highlands resident.