Movement for Democratic Change president Morgan Tsvangirai has come under fire for his alleged role in the kidnapping and forced disappearance of Itai Dzamara, a staunch critic of president Robert Mugabe.
Activists under the banner Zimbabweans for Prosperity (ZFP) denounced Tsvangirai for inviting the effervescent Occupy Africa Unity Square leader to his allegedly ‘bugged’ Highlands state mansion and asking him leading questions that made him reveal secret plans for mass action to oust Mugabe.
According to the group, which claims to have high-level contacts within Zimbabwean intelligence and state security structures, it was Dzamara’s meeting with Tsvangirai that triggered his abduction and forced disappearance barely three days later.
Tsvangirai is said to have been agitated about Dzamara’s plans for an Arab Spring-type of revolution to topple the government as he was not sure of his role afterwards. Dzamara had roped in traditional enemies of Tsvangirai within the opposition camp, including Welshman Ncube, who had vowed never to accept any coalition with Tsvangirai as head. Besides, that would upset his own private deal to keep Mugabe and Zanu PF in power until a proper election. According to sources, the opposition leader was only allowed use of the $4 million state house by the regime in exchange for withdrawing his 2013 election petition and cancelling plans to lead people onto the streets in response to Zanu PF’s alleged massive rigging of the vote.
ZFP said Tsvangirai invited Dzamara to the Highlands house knowing that it was tapped, as evidenced by state media production of his verbatim conversations during clashes with his wife. However, the MDC-T leader with alleged links to Mugabe’s secret police, the CIO, went on to invite Dzamara so that state agents could record his action plan, it is claimed.
The activist group says Tsvangirai asked Dzamara questions whose answers, if taken out of context, made it appear as if he was about to remove the government through unconstitutional means. Tsvangirai himself was put through similar motions by Israeli agent Ari Ben Menashe, who used recordings of a meeting to frame treason charges against him.
After the Highlands meeting on the evening of Friday, March 6 2015,Tsvangirai allowed Dzamara the rare privilege of addressing an MDC-T rally at Gwanzura stadium the next day. During the rally, Dzamara implored Zimbabwean youth to rise up in protest against the dictatorship. MDC-T organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe christened the activist ‘Action Dzamara’ and praised him for his actions to bring down the Mugabe regime.
However, Now Daily sources said Dzamara, a former reporter at the Zimbabwe Independent, had created powerful enemies within MDC-T by calling Zimbabweans to a mass uprising. Tsvangirai, who had been threatening mass action for years without doing anything about it, is said to have been rattled by the audacious plan, surmising that the 38 year-old political upstart had stolen the thunder from him. Dzamara had also openly clashed with MDC-T officials like Thamsanqa Mahlangu, accusing them of failing to lead the youth to claim their rights. His ability to galvanise opposition forces around the electoral reform agenda also made failed opposition politicians like Tsvangirai jealous, the sources said.
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