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Published: June 5, 2011
An explosive device was thrown at the Finance minister house’s durawall just after midnight, it was reported as it became apparent a police guard was in operation at the time.
No statement was issued by the Police.
The party’s report was not clear if Biti was present at his house at the time of the alleged attack but a man named as Gift Kaseketa said to have been in the house at the time, reported that he heard the sound of the blast but “did not see anyone, and neither did he hear any sound of a vehicle”.
“He was only able to see the dent left by the detonator in the morning. Only marks of the futile attempt are visible to the wall,” the party added.
The MDC has now called for a thorough investigation into the incident and said it “does not take this attack lightly given that there have been increasing criticisms and verbal attacks on Hon Biti lately.”
Adding to the report, the party’s organising secretary Nelson Chamisa was quoted saying residents had also heard the blast: “I am told the explosion was loud and caused some discomfort among residents in the neighbourhood. We are still trying to ascertain the circumstances.”
The attack comes within days of an ultimatum having been issued against Biti by president Robert Mugabe on civil servant’s salaries. ZANU PF has also accused Biti of holding back a loan meant to finance struggling businesses. (ZimEye)