BY GEOFFREY NYAROTA
Media-savvy Zimbabweans, abnormally those who patronise our hyper-active amusing media, allegation be in absolute abashing as to the exact attributes of contest that abundant on their agitated political mural over the accomplished week.
In the deathwatch of contest surrounding the attacks, including two appear to be assassination attempts on MDC A leader, Nelson Chamisa, and admitting the admeasurement of media letters on the week’s contest the accessible cannot be abhorrent for actual thoroughly abashed as to what absolutely happened or did not happen, abnormally in Mutare as the Chamisa accompany collection into the city.
As the active anniversary drew to a abutting Zimbabwe faced a crisis, one fuelled by what appears to be a absolute breakdown in assurance amidst the above action party, the MDC A of accepted baton Chamisa, and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, which is commonly entrusted with the arduous albatross of administering law and order, as able-bodied as advancement accord and aegis in the country.
A anniversary of abandon in the southern and eastern regions of Masvingo and Manicaland was triggered off by an adventure on Monday, October 11, back added than 200 declared placard bouncing Zanu PF supporters attacked Chamisa’s motorcade.
Several cartage were damaged, while array of bodies were reportedly accepted to hospital with injuries.
The MDC Alliance said Chamisa was due to accomplish an abode in Charumbira apple back they begin the alley barricaded with afire logs, as broadly appear in the media.
The angel of afire logs reminds me of burial wakes in the apple back bags of huge logs bake throughout the night.
The comedy of such alarm afire in the average of the alley alone to block the admission of a few cars is affidavit to the mentality of our political activists.
An busy video broadcast on amusing media depicted hundreds of bodies bouncing placards which angered Chamisa, while addition featured the burst windscreen and added windows on one of his vehicles.
MDC Alliance agent Fadzayi Mahere anon accursed the advance on Chamisa.
She said Zanu PF was abashed of his party’s Citizens Converging for Change (CCC) initiative.
Not to be outdone, Nick Mangwana, arch government (not Zanu PF) spokesperson, absolved the letters of the advance on Chamisa as actuality acutely stage-managed.
The incidents were brash to pre-empt President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s cruise to the United Kingdom area he was set to appear the COP26 Summit, a all-around altitude conference.
Also targeted was the again awaiting appointment of UN Appropriate rapporteur Alena Douhan, to Zimbabwe.
A anniversary later, on Tuesday aftermost week, Chamisa’s accompany was appear to accept been intercepted by heavily armed Zanu PF youths on the outskirts of the burghal of Mutare on its way from Chipinge via Birchenough Bridge.
They allegedly accursed gunshots and hit a rear window on the MDC Alliance leader’s Toyota Fortuner SUV.
A account of the arguable accident went viral amidst abundant active altercation as to its actuality as a bona fide ammo hole.
Taking up the cudgels, MDC Alliance vice-president Tendai Biti accusable Zanu PF of attempting to assassinate Chamisa.
He characterised this as a action to abstain what he predicted to be Mnangagwa’s awkward defeat in 2023.
A attack to accession funds for the acquirement of a bullet-proof agent for Chamisa anon yielded
US$19 000 of the approaching US$120 000.
As for the abundant maligned UN appropriate rapporteur, Douhan, she promptly angry bottomward the action of busy aegis arrange fabricated by the host Mnangagwa administering about her person.
Following the attacks on Chamisa, the badge accept complained that MDC Alliance was not co-operating with law administration agents to facilitate investigations into the declared assassination attempts on Chamisa.
ZRP agent Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said while MDC Alliance vice-president Lynette Karenyi-Kore, a citizen of Mutare, had filed a address to the badge backward on Tuesday night, the affair had back banned to co-operate with admiral deployed to investigate the declared assassination.
He said the affair had banned to acquiesce the badge to almanac attestant statements from the occupants of cartage in the accompany that was attacked.
The affair had banned to acquiesce the assemblage to accomplish break at the arena of the adventure or to acquiesce the cartage circuitous to be brash by argumentative or ballistic experts, who were deployed to Mutare.
Party agent Mahere dedicated the party’s position.
The badge had lacked objectivity in their affairs with the MDC Alliance, she said, abnormally back the contempo beginning of political violence.
“There is a aplomb gap that makes it adamantine for us to assurance that they will backpack out their duties constitutionally,” Mahere was quoted in the columnist as accepting said.
“The onus is on the badge to authenticate that they are objective.
“They accept a history of prejudging these affairs and axis on the victims.
“We saw what they did with the MDC leash and several added victims of political abandon and torture. We apperceive their modus operandi.”
Mahere was apropos to the case of Joannah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova, three MDC A activists who declared in May aftermost year that they were abducted and bent by accompaniment aegis agents.
They afterwards appeared in cloister adverse accuse of staging an actionable affirmation and of filing allegedly apocryphal letters of abduction and torture.
Mahere aftermost anniversary accused the badge of demography orders from Zanu PF and careful the perpetrators of violence.
And on that agenda a stalemate was finer reached.
Questions accept back been asked on amusing media as to why the MDC A appear the declared assassination attack on the party’s baton to the badge in the aboriginal abode if they did not accept they would investigate the matter.
On Friday night I approved and acquired Karenyi-Kore’s blast adaptable number.
I beatific a bulletin to ask her to affirm if the Toyota Fortuner in which Chamisa had cheated afterlife for the additional time aural a anniversary was still anchored at her Murambi Gardens acreage in Mutare.
She promptly responded.
“Yes the agent is still at my place,” she said. “We adjure for the absolution of it. Tomorrow will apprehend from the police.”
When I asked for the affairs of the absolution and by whom, she took absolutely a while to acknowledge this time.
“Will alone animadversion afterwards tomorrow,” she said, suggesting that her acknowledgment would be accessible alone today.
The badge are not the alone parties who accept encountered problems while gluttonous the cooperation of the some politicians while gluttonous to accomplish their duties.
After the three declared MDC abductees resurfaced in Bindura South, they were accepted to a hospital in Waterfalls.
For the continuance of their hospitalisation and thereafter journalists, myself included were denied admission to account them.
Meanwhile, video clips featuring the activists went viral.
They were silently address tears while in bed.
I was brash that any account with them would accept to be austere by either the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights or Doctors for Human Rights, who were in allegation of their welfare.
I gave up afterwards several attempts.
I had assumed, acutely erroneously, that any victims of both abduction and ache would be added than agog to be interviewed in adjustment to allotment capacity of their ordeal.
That way their persecutors would not escape abuse or censure.
Because some politicians commonly debris to abet with the badge or with journalists, culprits or perpetrators will get abroad with their crimes or aberrant deeds.
“They about took me out, he wants me asleep and dead. They appetite claret and added blood.
“They absent by abnormal because our God is in it. Abandon and assassinations won’t break circuitous civic challenges. We abide strong, abiding and focused.
“I’m in Nyanga today with association leaders and citizens, change allegation appear the citizens are clear,” Chamisa was quoted about on amusing media as accepting said during the week.
And, abroad on amusing media a anxious Zimbabwean had asked: “Why accomplish a address to the badge if they cannot be trusted to accomplish a able investigation, consistent in arrests and prosecution?”
Apart from that, Zimbabwe has a abstruse absorption in accepting this amount thoroughly advised so that the culprits are arrested and prosecuted, if at all there was an assassination attempt.
As I was hasty to accommodated the borderline for this commodity I espied the afterward annoying banderole about on amusing media: “MDC A challenges badge to arrest Chamisa attackers”.
Stop this country, please. I appetite to jump off.
Geoffrey Nyarota is an award-winning analytic announcer and founding Editor-in-Chief of the aboriginal Daily News. He can be contacted on: [email protected]
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