By Andrew Murenha
LEGISLATORS at Zimbabwe Parliament building were left in a state of panic on Tuesday over what some of their colleagues thought to be an explosive device.
While police have yet to comment, MDC Alliance vice president and Harare East legislator Tendai Biti said members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts, which he chairs, were shaken by the suspicious-looking object.
“We have just finished a Public Accounts Committee at Parliament. Regrettably there is a bomb scare at same. There is a strange silver box left outside the pavement in Kwame Nkurumah Avenue. We pray for safety and peace. The right to life is sacrosanct,” said Biti.
He suggested that members of his Portfolio Committee were being targeted for their “brave” fight against corruption by the Executive and its surrogates.
A day before, Biti had accused a Zanu-PF linked businessman of “bank heist” and “looting on an unprecedented scale” after he bought shares in ZB Bank. The shares were offloaded by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), a government entity.
However, Biti’s sentiments of “looting” proved to be alarmist and failed to hold water when it emerged that the shares in ZB Bank were actually offloaded to Datvest, an asset management for CBZ Bank, on behalf of a client with no known direct links to the named Zanu-PF politician. – Zimbabwe Voice ■