FORMER Finance minister and MDC Vice President Tendai Biti has said Zimbabwe’s reform agenda is dead because “no regime will commit suicide.”
In an interview with the Zim Morning Post, Biti said the Zanu PF regime’s agenda is “power retention instead of reforms.”
“The reform agenda was always dead even before it started, anyone , particularly, the IMF, who thinks this regime can reform is wasting his time,” Biti said.
“They are no reforms without reformers. Besides this government is so corrupt. It is captured by humongous vested interests so it can’t reform.
Biti also said the regime is a prisoner of the power retention agenda. “Genuine reform, particularly political reform paves way for regime change.
“There is no regime that commits suicide. There is no regime that will ever reform itself out of power. That is why we are on the streets pushing for reforms in the same way that many in the regime fought in the liberation struggles. Nothing has changed except the color the actors.
Biti’s comments come at a time when Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi has assured the nation that government is committed to reforms.
“Government aspires to have a fully democratic country. As such, we will spearhead political electoral reforms to enhance democracy in Zimbabwe. We are eager to carry out reforms in the possible times and want them to be inclusive to enhance democracy as much as possible,” Ziyambi is reported to have said in some sections of the media.
The IMF has also voiced its appreciation of the raft of economic reforms announced by Finance minister Mthuli Ncube.