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Tendai Biti
Tendia Biti
President of People's Democratic Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 September 2015
MDC-T Secretary General
In office
2005 – 29 April 2014
Succeeded by Tapiwa Mashakada
Minister of Finance
In office
13 February 2009 – 10 September 2013
Preceded by Patrick Chinamasa
Succeeded by Patrick Chinamasa
Member of Parliament for Harare East
In office
2000 – 29 April 2014
Preceded by Tirivanhu Mudariki
Succeeded by Terence Mukupe
Personal details
Born Tendai Laxton Biti
(1966-08-06) August 6, 1966 (age 51)
Dzivarasekwa, Harare, Zimbabwe
Political party People’s Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Charity Maguwa
Alma mater University of Zimbabwe
Religion Christianity

Tendai Laxton Biti is the president of the People's Democratic Party, prominent lawyer, activist and politician. Biti was part of the founding team of the Movement for Democratic Change in 1999 together with Morgan Tsvangirai, Gibson Sibanda, Welshman Ncube, Nelson Chamisa, Learnmore Jongwe and others.

Background

Tendai Biti born August 6, 1966 in Dzivarasekwa Harare. He is the eldest in a family of six. He started politics at the University of Zimbabwe where he was Secretary General of the Student Representative Council between 1988 and 1989. He, together with Arthur Mutambara and the late Learnmore Jongwe, organized demonstrations against government censorship in education. Education

He did his secondary education at Goromonzi High School between 1980 and 1985 where he was appointed deputy head boy in 1995. He holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Zimbabwe. Positions Held

Biti was voted to be the Secretary General of MDC-T at the 2005 Congress a position which he still holds. Some of the positions he held are as follows:

  • Minister of Finance in the Government of National Unity (2009 -2013)
  • Secretary-General of the Movement for Democratic Change –Tsvangirai (March 2005 – present)
  • Member of Parliament for Harare East Constituency (2000 - 2013)
  • Founding Member of Movement for Democratic Change
  • Human Rights Lawyer
  • Co-Founder of the National Constitutional Assembly
  • Co-Founder of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.[1]

Biti also served as a Member of Board of Governors at Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank.

  • He is also founder of the United Movement fro Democratic Change party founded in 2014.[2]
Expulsion from the MDC-T

In april 2014, Biti was expelled from MDC-T following an attempt to oust party leader Morgan Tsvangirai in an apparent ‘coup.’ Biti’s group, called the Renewal Team hhad met at Mandel Training Centre in Harare on 26 April 2016 and had resolved to suspend Tsvangirai and six top officials for alleged fascist tendencies and failing to oust Zanu-PF leader President Robert Mugabe in the 2013 harmonised elections. However, at a meeting of the national council held at Harvest House, the party headquarters on 29 April, the MDC-T council members voted to expel Biti. 162 out of 167 members in attendance voted in favour of the motion to expel Biti in terms of article 2 of their party constitution.

The renewal team group included the MPs Willas Madzimure (Kambuzuma), Settlement Chikwinya (Mbizo, KweKwe), Solomon Madzore (Dzivarasweka) and Paul Madzore (Glen View South). Them and Biti were subsequently expelled from parliament the next year. Expulsion from Parliament

In March 2015, Biti was expelled from parliament together with other 20 MPs who had defected from the MDC-T party after the formation of the UMDC. This was after Douglas Mwonzora Secretary General of the MDC-T had written to the speaker of parliament Jacob Mudenda requesting a parliamentary recall since the 21 MPs were no longer part of the MDC-T party. The request was granted and his Harare East Constituency post was declared vacant effectively reducing the MDC-T seats in Parliament from 91 to 70. MDC-T boycotted the by-elections to replace the MPs. Formation of People's Democratic Party

Biti and his renewal group initially formed what was called the MDC Renewal Team. The renewal team eventually formed an alliance with Welshman Ncube's MDC resulting in the a party called United Movement for Democratic Change (UMDC).

In September 2015 however, Biti's group formed its own official party called People's Democratic Party with Biti himself as president and Kucaca Phulu as vice president.

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References

  1. Tendai Biti Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Retrieved: June 30, 2014
  2. Tendai Biti MP Whoswho Southern Africa