Hon Tendai Laxton Biti is the current Member of Parliament for Harare East Constituency a Vice President of the MDC Alliance. He also served as Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance from 2009 to 2013 in the Inclusive Government.
Hon Biti was born in Dzivarasekwa, Harare, and he is the eldest in a family of 6 children. From 1980 to 1985 he attended Goromonzi High School, where he was appointed deputy head boy in 1985. He enrolled in the University of Zimbabwe law school as a freshman in 1986. In 1988 and 1989, Biti was Secretary General of the University of Zimbabwe Student Representative Council. After school, he joined the Law firm Honey and Blackenberg, where he became the youngest partner by the age of 26.
In 1999 he helped found the MDC and was elected Member of Parliament for the Harare East constituency in 2000. During the Fifth Parliament he served as a member of the Parliament Portfolio Committee on Lands, Agriculture, Water Development, Rural Resources and Resettlement and that on Defence and Home Affairs. He was arrested in 2007 with many others, including MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai, after a prayer meeting in the Harare township of Highfield.
In 2018 following Zimbabwe’s disputed elections, he was arrested and denied asylum in Zambia. He was elected Vice President of the party at the 5th national Congress held at Ascot Stadium in Gweru in 2019.