MDC Alliance Bulawayo province women’s assembly chairperson, Tendai Masotsha has pleaded her innocence in a case in which she is being accused of taking part in the abduction of journalist and Activist Tawanda Muchehiwa on the 30th of July.
Masotsha was in the company of Muchehiwa when the later was abducted by suspected armed state agents in Bulawayo last month.
Speaking during an interview, suspended MDC Bulawayo Chairlady Tendai Masotsha denied having anything to do with the abduction of Tawanda Muchehiwa. She argued that there was no reason for her to snitch on Muchehiwa as he was not even a member of the MDC Alliance.
“I was never part of what happened to Tawanda, I can testify and corroborate what happened to Tawanda but I was never part of it.”
“I have children as old as Tawanda. He is not a threat to my political ambitions; he is not even within our party structures. He is a student activist, there is virtually no reason for me to sell him out. Why would I do it, to what benefit?”
“I have been labeled yet I am innocent, I am not even in any way involved in this and now I do not know what is going to happen to me. I am so disappointed. What I was doing was to actively participate in a demonstration for the people of Zimbabwe,” she said
Masotsha has been labeled a sell-out after she was implicated in the abduction of Muchehiwa. As a result, she was suspended from MDC Alliance. However, she believes that the smear campaign against her emanated from both Zanu PF and the MDC Alliance’s factional fights.
“This is a tricky matter because the challenge here is that we have to realize Zanu PF will never stop trying to divide us as the MDC Alliance. At the same time, we have internal factional fights than those who attempt to fight me directly.
“We have stayed for too long as an opposition party such that there are those who have lost hope and view a parliamentary or council seat as an achievement, some of those people are targeting my position with the hope of getting into parliament through proportional representation.”
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