By John Chimunhu|
Now Daily Analysis|
Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party is in turmoil after the brazen kidnapping and disappearance of fiery pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara on March 9.
Not since the arson murder of 12 year-old Christpowers Maisiri, son of Headlands MDC parliamentary candidate Shepherd Maisiri in the run-up to the 2013 elections, has Zanu PF been so divided over its brutal treatment of opposition party members and critics of Mugabe.
The abduction of Dzamara at a barber’s shop in Glen View 7 was first ignored by the biased, publicly-funded but Zanu PF-controlled state media in a clear case of warped news values.
It was only on March 10, after the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai addressed the media and accused Mugabe of ordering Dzamara’s abduction, that the mandarins in Zanu PF awoke to the significance of the activist’s kidnapping and the damage it was doing to the dictatorship. The next day, March 11, acting president Emmerson Mnangagwa was bombarded with questions about Dzamara in parliament. Mnangagwa realised then that diplomacy in the face of a storm was far better than open confrontation through Jonathan Moyo’s amateurish denials. Mnangagwa promised to look for Dzamara, buying himself enough time to leave parliament intact in the face of protests from MDC MPs. But that was not enough to pacify a restless nation and an outraged world, who have mounted protests and daily calls for Dzamara to be released.
It is nearly three weeks since the kidnapping and Dzamara has not been seen by his family and freedom struggle colleagues. Zanu PF spindoctors have made feeble attempts to pin the kidnapping on MDC, claiming, incredibly, that Dzamara had become a threat to Tsvangirai. That theory sounds improbable. If Zanu PF had any evidence, even circumstantial, that MDC was responsible for this outrage, they would have arrested people by now. Instead, recriminations have started within Zanu PF itself. As in the Christpowers case, names have already been named by Zanu PF members, with Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo and George Charamba accused of involvement in the elaborate plot.
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