Biti 'betrayal', Expelled MPs Feel Hoodwinked

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SOME of the MDC Renewal Team legislators whose constituencies were declared vacant following their expulsion from parliament have said they are bitter and feel betrayed over Tendai Biti’s relocation to the United States.

Biti, who is widely seen as the de facto leader of the MDC Renewal Team, is reported to have joined the Centre for Global Development (CGD) in the United States as a visiting fellow for an unspecified period.

This move by the former Finance minister has apparently courted the wrath of the former legislators who strongly feel betrayed and dubbed by the firebrand politician.

“Biti was aware of his move to the United States of America long way back before the breakaway way from Tsvangirai,” said one former Bulawayo based legislator who refused to be named for fear of victimisation.

The former legislator, who claimed to have been recruited by Biti, said he was still weighing options whether to re-join the MDC-T or switch to the proposed UMDC, an envisaged coalition between the MDC renewal and the Welshman Ncube -led MDC.

Another expelled legislator said Biti’s departure would affect the Renewal Team’s Constitutional Court challenge which is expected to be heard on Tuesday next week ahead of the 16 April nomination court deadline. Biti is representing the expelled MPs.