Jonathan Moyo’s big ruse on Itai Dzamara


Former Higher Education and Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, who promised his more than 300 000 twitter followers a bombshell by disclosing who abducted Itai Dzamara, a former journalist turned activist who disappeared in March 2015, came way short when he blamed it on the military intelligence claiming this was meant to get at former President Robert Mugabe.

“ZDF’s Military Intelligence Department (MID) abducted Itai Dzamara & subjected him to extreme torture like in the gukurahundi & State of Emergency days. Mnangagwa, Chiwenga & Mohadi know about this!” he said in a 24-twitter-thread.

“The MID officer who oversaw this is Brigadier General Mike Sango who was then (CDI) & is now Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Russia.”

He said that CDI stood for Command Defence Intelligence.

He said Dzamara was abducted to build a case against Mugabe just like “they did on 7 March 2007 with their savage attack on the late Morgan Tsvangirai!”

He does not explain whether Dzamara is alive or dead.

Apart from trying to get at President Emmerson Mnangagwa, his arch-enemy, and his two Vice-Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi, Moyo seems to be aiming to clear his name.

He tweeted when he was still Information Minister: “those who say Itai Dzamara was abducted should prove their claims or be charged for creating alarm and despondency”.

He also told the British Broadcasting Corporation that there was nothing unusual about the disappearance of Dzamara because even in the UK people disappeared without trace.

Moyo now says he made those comments in “good but mistaken faith” and blames this on Mohadi who was Minister of Home Affairs at the time.

But Moyo also admits that his information could be suspect.

“Let me state upfront that I have no first hand information on what happened to Itai Dzamara,” he says. “But I have what I believe is useful information that I’ll share here, based on what I came to know & found reliable in the course of my duty as a government minister then!”


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