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Government Created The Fake News That Biti Was Abducted - MDC Alliance

Government Created The Fake News That Biti Was Abducted - MDC Alliance

MDC Alliance spokesperson, Fadzayi Mahere has accused the government of creating the fake news that the party’s co-vice president, Tendai Biti had been abducted by unknown gunmen. 

She was responding to a statement by Home Affairs Minister, Kazembe Kazembe which accused the opposition party of staging abductions to “soil the image of the country.”

Kaazembe’s comment came after MDC Alliance had already dismissed the reports that Biti had been abducted as false saying he was safe but he was being monitored by suspected state security agents. Pindula News presents Kazembe’s statement.

PRESS STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS AND CULTURAL HERITAGE ON THE ALLEGED ABDUCTION OF MDC-ALLIANCE DEPUTY LEADER, TENDAI BITI

Government notes with concern the growing tendency to peddle false allegations of human rights abuses designed to soil the image of the country and to solicit underserved international sympathy.

The latest example being the fake news, circulated on 08 November 2021 about the alleged abduction of MDC-A Vice leader, Tendai Biti, by 5 armed men. The falsehood went viral, with Government being falsely accused of orchestrating forced disappearances and abduction of political opponents to silence the opposition.

The MDC-A took a long time to respond to the false news before its Spokesperson, Fadzai Mahere, issued a statement dismissing the fake news.

The abduction narrative follows the same template used before in the staged disappearances of activist and medical doctor, Peter Magombeyi, and that of MDC-A youths, Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova. These reports always surface on the eve of global summits or the periodic reviews of Western-imposed sanctions. This latest story coincides with growing calls for the unconditional removal of sanctions against the country, following UN Rapporteur, Professor Alena Douhan’s report, whose findings the MDC-A, particularly Biti, disputed.

Law enforcement agencies will unearth those behind the peddling of such false narratives and ensure that the perpetrators face the law.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police has confirmed that no report of such a matter has been made at any police station by Tendai Biti or his party.

In response, Mahere said the fake story was a creation of the state meant to discredit past reports of abduction. She said:

The regime create their own fake news then blame us for it. The MDC Alliance never spread fake news about VP @BitiTendai. Rather, as soon as a false story was published by a random online publication, we quickly investigated it & communicated that there was no truth to it.

This is a regrettable attempt by the regime to use fake news to downplay past abduction & torture incidents that to date haven’t been investigated by the regime. We won’t stop demanding accountability for the MDC Trio & other victims of state-sponsored torture.

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14 Comments

Calvin 6 months ago

Kkkkkkk ayas nyaya idzi dzo netsa ko online publication yacho ndyp? Ini i suspect pindula hmmm something fishy with this thing varume. These guys vanoda kuona reaction yevanhu netu news twavo n pama comments ndaona kuti vamwe vatori pakukuisa mashoko hameno mukavhurika muchakangwa kuswika maibva nevakomana


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 6 months ago

[ APA PARI KUKANDWA MAKOBVU NEMATETE ] IN BETWEEN ZANU PF AND MDC ALLIANCE. IT CIRCULATED IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA THAT THE SECOND MDC ALLIANCE VICE PRESIDENT, TENDAI BITI, WAS ABDUCTED BY WHAT APPEARED TO BE STATE AGENTS. MDC ALLIANCE DID NOT REPORT THIS CASE AB INITIO [FROM THE BEGINNING ]. THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY THE MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS, CDE KAZEMBE KAZEMBE.

WHEN THIS STORY STARTED CIRCULATING IN SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS, CDE FADZAI MAHERE IMMEDIATELY CHECKED WITH HER VICE PRESIDENT, TENDAI BITI, WHO DID NOT CONFIRM THE ABDUCTION, BUT SAID THAT THERE WAS SOMETHING WHICH WAS GOING ON WHICH HE WOULD EXPLAIN LATER.

LATER ON FADZAI MAHERE CAME OUT GUNS BLAZING ON AUTOMATIC BLAMEING SOME SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS WHO PUBLISH FAKE NEWS. SHE TOLD THE PUBLIC THAT VICE PRESIDENT HAD NOT BEEN ABDUCTED BUT HAD BEEN TAILED BOTH AT WORK AND AT HOME.

TODAY MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS, KAZEMBE KAZEMBE CAME OUT BLAMING MDC ALLIANCE THAT IT WAS ITS NORM TO FAKE ABDUCTIONS WHEN THERE ARE INTERNATIONAL EVENTS. HONOURABLE MINISTER KAZEMBE KAZEMBE GAVE EXAMPLE OF THE UN RAPPORTEUR PROFESSOR ALENA DHUAHAN WHO WAS VISITING ZIMBABWE LAST WEEK.

MINISTER KAZEMBE KAZEMBE GAVE ANOTHER CASE OF JOAN MAMOMBE, CECILIA CHIMBIRI AND NETSAI MAROVA WHICH HE INSINUATED THAT IT WAS A FABRICATED ABDUCTION REPORT. I WILL NOT GO INTO MERITS AND DEMERITS OF THIS CASE BECAUSE DOING SO WOULD BE PREJUDICIAL. THE CASE IS STILL PENDING AT COURT.

MDC ALLIANCE FADZAI MAHERE COUNTER ATTACKED AND SAUD IT WAS ZANU PF WHICH HAD CREATED THE STORY TO WATER DOWN JOANA MAMOMBE AND COMPANY'S CASE WHICH IS STILL PENDING AT COURT.

ALLOW ME SPACE TO ANALYSE THIS STORY AND PREVIOUS OTHER STORIES. ON READING THIS STORY MDC ALLIANCE QUICKLY INVESTIGATED AND WENT BACK TO SOCIAL MEDIA AND MADE IT PUBLIC THAT THE STORY WAS FALSE AND REPRIMANDED THOSE MEDIA HOUSES WHO PUBLISH FAKE NEWS. SO FAR SO GOOD.

BUT ZANU PF WAS NOT SATISFIED AND ALLEGED THAT THE STORY WAS DRAMATISED FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ATTENTION. SINCE MDC ALLIANCE HAD ALREADY MADE A STATEMENT THAT THE STORY WAS FAKE, ZANU PF SHOULD HAVE WITHDRAWN AND KEPT QUIET BECAUSE CDE FADZAI MAHERE HAD ALREADY POURED COLD WATER ON THE STORY.

MY FURTHER ANALYSIS IS THAT THE COVERAGE OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES RECEIVE FROM STATE PAPERS, LIKE THE HERALD, THE SUNDAY NEWS, THE SUNDAY MAIL, THE CHRONICLE, AND THE MANICA POST IS NOT SATISFACTORY TO THEIR STANDARDS. THEY FEEL THAT THESE PAPERS REPORT ONLY NEGATIVE ISSUES ABOUT OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES.

WITH THE ADVENT OF SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS, STATE PAPERS ARE LOSING SHINE. THE HERALD AND OTHER STATE PAPERS ARE A PALE SHADOW OF THEMSELVES. FOR QUICK PUBLICATION POLITICAL PARTIES AND OTHER PEOPLE NOW APPROACH SOCIAL MEDIA. ADVERTISEMENTS ARE NOW AWASH IN SOCIAL MEDIA.

THESE STORIES OF FAKE NEWS WE WILL LIVE WITH THEM AS LONG AS OPPOSITION POLITICAL PARTIES BELIEVE THAT STATE PAPERS ARE FOR ZANU PF AND THEIR CRONIES.

YOURS FAITHFULLY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Citizen 6 months ago

Comrade musarove imbwa makaviga mupinyi State Paper only says negative things about opposition parties hapana asingazvizive. The only fair paper is Newsday Zimbabwe, they try by all means to balance their reporting and thats what I call journalism

Simba Muchinjikwa 6 months ago

@Cde kufa kwangu zvarova: my question is derived from your last paragraph. Can we blame the opposition for not believing in the State owned Newspapers since it is very clear that only the negative articles are published and thats not a secret at all.?

I will rest my case.

jombo 6 months ago

Koinga wani ndiwe wakaenda patwitter ukati Biti seemed stressed.... Did ZANU fake your twitter account also


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Elyse 6 months ago

This is probably the worst excuse from any PR dept in the world.Young Fadzi being thrown into the fray of national politics at that tender stage of her career will always make sure Alliance will always look stupid and a pace off


Nyasha Muzinda 6 months ago

Imi Idhii akambotaura na Boris kupi


Marikitavana chido 6 months ago

Uroyi pane pawakambobvumwa hre nhaimi kubva tichikura tinovaziva vanoabductor vanhu ende vagara havabvume kuti ndivo vanoda kuedza kuzvichenesa.Biti was abducted because of political issue so ndiani anoita politics muno,isnt Zanu


CZARY Mangule 6 months ago

Iwe ndiwe wava kutiita abduction

Soso 6 months ago

Aka abductwa kupi nhaywe...ivo ve alliance vakutoti haana ku abductwa.iwe ndiwe wakuti akabductwa

Whitehead 6 months ago

It's always the gvt creating such issues if they are clean, let them show us the vedio Ed achitaura na US president ku Glasgow


Pala 6 months ago

And as usual it has to be governments fault somehow🤷🏾‍♂️


Makuruwani 6 months ago

Iwewe @Pala clearly pfungwa dzako hadzishande unoita kunge munhu akauya mu zimbabwe nezuro. Have you not been aware of all the violence and its perpetrators from 2001 up to now. All the documented abductions that have happened and brutal killings, the shootings of August 31st, the unleashing of the army to beat up people in their homes in January 2019? Saka urikuti August 31st army haina kupfuura vanhu kaa nekuti hauna kuzviona nemaziso ako? Hence you insinuate that it's not the government's fault. Usapusiswa maskati machena kunge munhu asina kudzidza. Woita udofo hwekuchikoro nehudofo wohupenyu zvose

Elyse 6 months ago

Kkkkk ask them


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