Mnangagwa's 'third force claim' on abductions rubbished

 Mnangagwa's 'third force claim' on abductions rubbished
Published: 18 August 2019 (121 Views)
THE claims by government to heap the blame for the abductions on a "third force" has been described by political analysts as fantastical and cheap propaganda. This comes after the government said the abductions were being conducted by people loyal to former President Robert Mugabe. The secretary for Information, Nick Mangwana, said there were rogue "third forces" trying to tar President Emmerson Mnangagwa's image and derail his re-engagement with Western countries.

"Since the new dispensation, there has always been a force comprised of discharged and disgruntled former members of the old establishment, of whom some are trained. These have shown a determination to impair ... Mnangagwa's image as a sincere reformer through various acts of malice and criminality in order to cause both local and international outrage," he said.

"This is a third force that we have reasonable grounds to believe to be in existence. Its hand in the alleged violation of human rights, where established, cannot be discounted. The police will leave no stone unturned in efforts to detect and act upon any violation of human rights," Mangwana added, without revealing whether the culprits were serving or former serving security forces.

Piers Pigou, a senior consultant at the International Crisis Group (ICG), said government must wait for investigations before saying anything.

"Without allowing investigations to take their course, the Zimbabwean government already thinks it knows who is responsible for abductions and torture. Previously, they suggested it was self- inflicted. It has the hallmark of unsophisticated propaganda," he said.

Southern Africa director at Human Rights Watch Dewa Mavhinga said government must stop speculating about abductions and instead take decisive action to stop the abductions and arrest and punish perpetrators.

"Firstly, the government ought to explain what they mean by a so-called third force in recent abductions and gruesome torture of human rights activists. But what is clear so far is that there has been no action to investigate, arrest and prosecute those behind the abductions and torture.

"What is more worrying is that it appears some of these abductors maybe working in cahoots with the police, like in the case of the abduction of Obert Masaraure who was tortured then later handed over to the police."

Another political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said the statement shows that Mnangagwa is not in charge of the security forces.
"It's nonsensical but telling of a poor propaganda spin that betrays admission of a government not fully in charge of security of the country but makes the ironic point in a frantic move to prove they are in charge.

"If the government admits this, then either the president must be impeached as commander-in-chief or must resign or heads must roll in top brass of security services. The people, the voters must be worried for their safety and security when the regime admits a third force abducting people."

Suspected State security agents abducted and tortured an MDC youth leader and a pro-democracy activist in pre-dawn raids on Wednesday.

The barbaric acts, which occurred regularly during Mugabe's tenure, came as the MDC was due to hold its mass protests yesterday.

The abductions and torture of Citizens Manifesto official, Tatenda Mombeyarara, as well as MDC Mufakose youth chairperson Blessing Kanotunga, attracted widespread local and international attention — amid an outpouring of anger from rights groups which said Mnangagwa's government was continuing to "score own goals" despite projecting itself as a "new dispensation".

On Thursday, civil society groups convening under the umbrella Coalitions of Civil Society Organisations in Zimbabwe (CCSOZ), said MDC chairperson for ward 4 in Epworth had also been abducted — with his whereabouts unknown at the time of going to press last night.

- dailynews

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