Harare-Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Dr. Energy Mutodi has left tongues wagging on social media after he rebuked, without facts to support his disapproval, the recent MDC-A female activists’ alleged abduction saying that they were not abducted but they had gone out for a romantic night in Bindura.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Dr. Mutodi shocked people after he said the three female activists who disappeared on Wednesday last week after staging a flash demonstration and found in Bindura on Thursday midnight badly beaten and sexually abused were not abducted as they say but they went out to make love with their artisanal miners according to the new details pertaining to that alleged abduction.
“Details emerge MDC youths Joana Mamombe, Netsai Marova & Cecilia Chimbiri went out for a romantic night to Bindura with their lovers who are artisanal miners. They parked their car at a police station for safety but tragedy struck when they demanded foreign currency for services,” he said.
The car which Dr. Mutodi talks about is a silver Mercedes-Benz, registration Number AFE 9222, the NewsDay had revealed this on Tuesday saying that their news team saw it on Sunday parked just outside the police station.
Dr. Mutodi’s allegation that the three MDC-A female activists parked their car, which is believed to belong to Joanah Mamombe, near the police station for safety goes in contrary to what the NewsDay had reported on Tuesday that a well-placed source, who requested to remain unknown, claimed: “She was arrested at a police roadblock (Showgrounds) after the demonstration in Warren Park. A police officer got into their car and took them to the police station, where they were later abducted. Her car is still parked at the station.
The NewsDay also said Joanah Mamombe’s husband, Mfundo Mlilo, confirmed that the vehicle they saw at the police station on Sunday was the same car which his wife was driving the same day they had staged a demonstration in Warren Park.
Amid the missing of the three MDC-A politicians, the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) also denied the arrest of these female activists, claiming they were not in their custody.
One of the abductees, Chimbiri, claimed they were taken to Harare Central Police Station after they had staged a flash demonstration against the Government which was delaying in helping the vulnerable citizens during the coronavirus national lockdown.
Currently, the three are at a private medical hospital in Harare where they are receiving treatment.