By Marshall Bwanya
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) and the Zimbabwe Citizens Forum on Wednesday in Harare rubbished recent ‘state’ sponsored abductions of opposition politicians, civic society members and activists as a stage managed ploy to front the West’s agenda.
Speaking at different intervals ZNLWVA and ZCF said recent nationwide series of abductions were falsehoods orchestrated by regime change proxies to smear government’s name for failing to uphold to basic human right enshrined in the constitution.
ZNLWVA spokesperson Douglas Mahiya accused Chamisa’s led MDC for manufacturing Western sponsored propaganda bent on recolonising the country.
“That is unfounded I have never had about abductions, that is mere propaganda because if such things were there the first people to inform us will be the police tasked to maintain law and order.
“It’s actually the white Europeans that are sponsoring these falsehoods being peddled by the opposition.
“We know about such propaganda, during the liberation struggle we subscribed to the same propaganda, whereby we would set a fire and place a white person and make it appear like we are roasting them for food, so when his colleagues came it appeared as if we were cannibals to scare the enemy,” he said.
MDC Secretary for Public Service and Social Welfare Maureen Kademaunga, in response to Mahiya’s comments said the war veterans were peddling falsehoods meant to silence the masses’ plight.
“It is regrettable that Mahiya is peddling falsehoods especially from a war liberator that understands the excruciating effects of oppression. We had our members abducted and beaten up by suspected masked state agents.
“On the contrary the MDC is not being sponsored by the America and EU as Mahiya would allege, our plight is genuinely centered on the people’s grievances who are suffering from gruelling economic induced hardships.
“Such as the persistent fuel hikes, power shortages, and spiralling prices of basic goods,” she said.
Kademuanga reiterated that the Western sponsors the opposition was being alleged to be in cahoots did not endure the unbearable economic hardships ordinary Zimbabweans wanted to protest against.
ZCF national coordinator Alex Gakanje echoed the same sentiments shared by Mahiya accusing Samantha Kureya, affectionately known as Gonyeti for staging her abduction to tarnish government’s image.
“Comedians like Gonyeti are bringing suffering to our country and her abduction skit paints a bad picture about Zimbabwe, and suffering is on its way after her contribution,” he said.