By Melody Mashaire
MDC alliance has rubbished claims by Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa that there was no attempt to kidnap the party’s president Nelson Chamisa saying it was the state’s habit to try and blame the victim.
Mutsvangwa issued a press statement dismissing claims by the opposition that an attempt to kidnap Chamisa was made by state security agents adding that it was a road rage incident.
Mutsvangwa said the notion was false and mischievous.
Addressing journalists at a press conference, MDC Alliance spokesperson Jacob Mafume said the alleged state agents wanted to cause an accident and blame it on Chamisa’s drivers.
“We are certain that their intention is to cause an accident and then blame his drivers, what is worrying about Saturday’s scuffle is that they actually physically interfered with the motorcade and attempted to grab and abduct the president.
“The statement by Monica Mutsvangwa is in violation of section 219 of the constitution that says the police must investigate in a nonpartisan manner, when you have a minister of police giving direction as to how the police investigations are going, what the conclusions are, and that the conclusion should be a road rage incident,” he said.
Mafume said Mutsvangwa’s statement was in violation of the constitution.
“It is a manner of trying to give the police a direction and they are investigating backwards, they are investigating to prove that this was a road rage incident rather than to investigate the incident.
“They had not called for any of our people, they had not called for witnesses, they had not called for videos and already the minister of information in government has a conclusion on how the police are investigating the matter,” he said.
Mafume said Chamisa’s security confronted the people who were pursuing them and they indicated that they were government officials.
“They followed his motorcade at high speed from Marondera, when the security realised they were being followed as according to security protocol, they adopted evasive measures, one of the measures was to move into Ruwa and the vehicles followed.
“They returned into the highway and decided to go to Mabvuku and the vehicles followed, the followers had sophisticated communication gadgets, they were armed and one of the vehicles that had coordinated the efforts had blue lights.