Zimbabwe: Finance minister Tendai Biti receives bullet in mail

source: SW Radio Africa
By Tichaona Sibanda
27 July 2009

Finance Minister Tendai Biti on Monday morning received a live bullet and a handwritten note enclosed in a khaki envelope, and addressed to him at his Harare home address.

Biti’s aide Nqobizitha Mlilo, confirmed that the 42 year-old secretary-general of the MDC and MP for Harare East constituency viewed this as a death threat on his life after receiving the 9mm bullet and note, written in shona.

The note was written: ‘raira nhaka,’ or ‘prepare your will.’ The envelope containing the bullet and the note is believed to have been delivered to his house. The Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was informed of the incident and so was the Acting President Joice Mujuru.

‘He’s a bit low and shaken up as a result of this episode. He says it is the first time he’s seen a bullet in his life and it is also the first time his family had endured something like this,’ Mlilo said.

The Minister made a report to the police as he viewed this as a serious threat to himself and his family. The Central Intelligence Organisation, which is [continue reading]

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