THE U-turn by Higher and Tertiary Education minister and Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo over the disappearance of journalist-cum-human rights activist Itai Dzamara 15 months ago, came as a shock to Zimbabweans, but could be a way of manipulating a genuine case for political reasons.
Source: Is Moyo sincere on Dzamara? – NewsDay Zimbabwe June 3, 2016
Moyo is a Zanu PF politburo member, who after Dzamara’s abduction told the world that he could have skipped the country’s porous borders. But, alas, he has changed tack breaking ranks with his Zanu PF party leadership.
This cannot be a coincidence, something is brewing somewhere, and the Dzamara case could be part of larger political machinations by factions in Zanu PF over President Robert Mugabe’s succession battle.
It is, therefore, prudent for fair-minded Zimbabweans to be wary of Moyo’s disclosures at this juncture; otherwise this is a well-calculated plot to seek sympathy from distraught Zimbabweans tired of a regime that does not respect the will of the majority, the right to life, rule of law and human rights.
It could be that Moyo, like other power-hungry Zanu PF politicians, could be angling to use the Dzamara abduction for political reasons and gain acceptance from the rest of the country.
So Zimbabweans should not be surprised when Moyo’s admissions turn out to be a big farce in the larger succession picture.
If, indeed, the Tsholotsho North MP is genuine, he should reveal those behind the abduction so that Zimbabweans do not continue guessing. For the record, he is a top government official, and would be privy to such information, and it is only fair for him to be open enough and tell the nation the details to bring closure to the matter.
Suffice to say Moyo is a member of the Zimbabwean Executive that stands accused of forcibly taking Dzamara. Yet the same government has consistently denied any involvement instead insisting the activist “is missing”. We would be within our rights to ask Moyo what else he knows.
This issue must have been discussed in Cabinet, and could we be wrong to conclude that Moyo’s assertions are highly likely a collective position that Mugabe’s government holds?
Now, why has this not been disclosed to the public and specifically to the Dzamara family before? What is Moyo’s motivation in this whole saga?
Could it be that Moyo has devised a way to steal thunder from the opposition MDC-T, which has been fighting in Dzamara’s corner? Is Moyo genuinely grieved over Dzamara’s forced disappearance? Obviously not. Nevertheless, his disclosures must be welcomed as they shed light into the matter.
Surely, Moyo cannot have his cake and eat it. The police or all State institutions investigating this issue, that is if they are, might want to interview the minister for more information.
There have been many schools of thought over who exactly might have abducted Dzamara.
We, however, cannot agree more with Moyo that Dzamara’s abduction by any arm of the State for speaking against tyranny is satanic and evil to say the least.
Every citizen must be allowed the right to life as espoused by the country’s governance charter and to enjoy all fundamental rights.
No doubt, Zimbabweans are suffering and it is evil to kidnap, incarcerate someone incommunicado or ill-treat anyone simply for demanding their rights and good governance.