Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe has threatened a government clampdown on opposition activists and politicians he accuses of going on a spirited attempt to soil the country’s image through false claims of state sponsored abductions.
This follows the widely publicised alleged abduction of MDC Alliance co-vice president Tendai Biti from his Harare home this week by some armed men.
In a statement Wednesday, Kazembe said, “Government notes with concern the growing tendency to peddle false allegations of human rights abuses designed to soil the image of the country and to solicit undeserved international sympathy.
“The latest example being the fake news circulated on 08 November 2021 about the alleged abduction of MDC-A Vice leader, Tendai Biti, by 5 armed men. The falsehood went viral with government being falsely accused of orchestrating forced disappearances and abduction of political opponents to silence the opposition.”
Kazembe was evidently not amused with MDC Alliance taking its time to issue comment of the report through party spokesperson, Fadzai Mahere who eventually released a statement “dismissing the fake news”.
Added the top government official, “The abduction narrative follows the same template used before in the staged disappearances of activist and medical doctor Peter Magombeyi, and that of MDC-A youths, Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova.
“The reports always surface on the eve of global summits or the periodic reviews of Western imposed sanctions.
“The latest coincides with the growing calls for the unconditional removal of sanctions against the country following UN Rapporteur, Professor Alena Douhan’s report, whose findings the MDC-A, particularly Biti disputed.”
Kazembe said, “Law enforcement agencies will unearth those behind peddling of such false narratives and ensure that perpetrators face the law” adding that police say they have no report filed at any police station by Tendai Biti or MDC Alliance over the prominent politician’s alleged abduction.