Mnangagwa speaks on ‘fake’ Mamombe abduction
By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa says claims of abduction made by MDC Alliance MP Joanna Mamombe and her two party colleagues were fake.
Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova were allegedly abducted by suspected state security agents in May following a flash anti-government protest they staged in Harare’s Warren Park suburb together with other party activists.
They were later dumped in Bindura by alleged state security agents who had allegedly subjected them to horrendous acts of physical and sexual abuse.
The activists were later hospitalised for injuries sustained and have since been charged with violating Covid-19 lockdown regulations by the state.
Police have also instituted simultaneous investigations into the abduction claims by the activists with Mnangagwa and some top government officials dismissing the claims.
Addressing a politburo meeting in Harare Wednesday, Mnangagwa said he viewed the claims of abduction and recent demonstrations as an act of provocation against his administration.
“In the last few weeks, we have witnessed an upsurge in the unwarranted onslaught against the party (Zanu PF), government, its leadership, policies and programmes,” he said.
“This culminated in the purported abductions of three MDC-Alliance linked activists.
“To date, more information has come to light to which Minister of Home affairs and Cultural Heritage has made a detailed statement.
“Concurrently, during this period was the resurgence of hate speech and language which are not characteristic of the values we seek to be embedded in our country under the Second Republic.
“This vile culture must be rejected by all peace-loving people.”
Mnangagwa said the acts should never be tolerated while urging his Zanu PF party and nation to remain alert.