Command Agriculture: Biti under fire

By ZBC Reporter

FARMERS and war veterans have slammed MDC Alliance Vice President Tendai Biti for allegedly abusing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Accounts and working to derail the Command Agriculture Programme.

The imposition of sanctions on Sakunda Holdings and its owner Kudakwashe Tagwirei comes as a huge blow to government’s Command Agriculture programme that seeks to ensure food sufficiency in the country.

However, a dossier released by the ruling Zanu PF party blames MDC Alliance’s Tendai Biti, who chairs the Public Accounts Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, for reportedly influencing the imposition of sanctions on Tagwirei and his firm that has been sponsoring government’s critical programme for years.

It is against this background that farmers had no kind words to people like Biti, whom they also accused of sabotaging government programmes.

“We understand that Biti is working in cahoots with Americans to sabotage agriculture reforms and reverse the land reforms. This time he is reported to have misrepresented facts to his western masters and invited sanctions on Sakunda holdings so that command agriculture is destroyed, this programme has revived the production of maize, wheat, soya beans and various other crops,” said Gwebi Farmers Association Chair Andy Mhlanga.

“We call upon the president to flash Biti from chairing such an important portfolio as Public accounts,” Dakarai Mapuranga an agriculture expert said.

The war veterans weighed in describing Biti as a hypocrite and enemy of the state who should be removed from chairing any parliamentary committee.

“Inviting sanctions on those who are spearheading our agriculture which is the backbone of our economy should not be tolerated, Biti is a sellout and we appeal to all Zimbabweans to condemn his unbecoming behaviour,” says Mash Central War Vets Chair Cde Sam Parirenyatwa.

Biti has also come under fire from ZANU PF, which blasted him for allegedly working in cahoots with the American government to derail the command agriculture programme.