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Govt mulls law to punish false abduction alarmists

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government, under fire for alleged abductions on critics and activists, could soon emerge with a law to punish the media and any other Zimbabwean making unsubstantiated claims of State enforced disappearances.

This was said by Home Affairs Minister Cain Mathema in an interview with State media.

Mathema’s comments follow the alleged abduction by State agents and five day disappearance of Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) acting president Peter Magombeyi (pictured).

The Minister dismissed Magombeyi’s alleged abduction as “outright lies”.

The incident has angered the State amid claims the abduction incident was staged-managed and calculated to soil the image of the Zanu PF led administration in the eyes of the international community.

Mathema says a law was best remedy to stop the claims.

“We need to craft laws to penalise anyone who makes false allegations against the Government,” he said.

“Anybody who lies against the State must go to jail. We can’t have a situation where anyone can say anything and walk scot-free. This nonsense must stop.”

The government minister said any such law will also govern what is shared on social media.

He cautioned the media, human rights lawyers and civic groups against interfering with current police investigations around Magombeyi’s claims of abduction.

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