MDC Alliance Vice President Tendai Biti, has approached the police in Harare after receiving death threats over the phone from an unknown number.
According to him, this happened a month ago and shortly after the recall of 8 more MDC A senators this week. According to Biti, the unknown caller who has been labelled him a traitor, has accused him of dining with the serpent in apparent reference to MDC-T leader ThokozaniKhupe.
This development follows recent reports in the Daily News and News Day which have disclosed the secret meetings that have taken place between the beleaguered VP and restored MDC-T leader, Khupe. The unknown caller who mentioned Biti’s home address further told him to quit the Alliance or face dire consequences including death.
“I know these people, they are from my own party and this again happened last month when l had an argument with them but now l fear for my life since they want to burn my house and to assassinate me,” the depressed Biti told Bulawayo24 News journalists. Biti further dismissed the allegations that he is planning to join Khupe and insisted that he will remain in the Alliance despite these death threats.
The police have traced the mobile phone from which the the calls were made to Biti. As per police investigations, a caller named Eddie Gore from St Mary’s Chitungwiza was issuing threats to Biti using an Econet sim card. They have also found that the calls were made from a stolen phone.
“We have recorded Mr Tendai Biti’s statement after he reported the matter. The caller has been abusing and threatening him.
“We have increased our surveillance of his residence as we do not take the threat lightly. Police personnel have been deployed in the area to keep constant watch on suspicious people,” an officer at Harare Central told our reporters.
The officer also said Biti had received three threat calls in the past month from the same number. “The caller has been abusing and threatening Mr Biti with death. The caller identified himself as Eddie Gore, and he has contacted Mr Biti 3 June, 17 June and recently on 1 July,” the officer revealed.