Does Mnangagwa unleash CIOs on ‘coup plotter’?
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is accused of sending members of the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation to terrorize the family of Sitabile Dewa who is accused of plotting to illegally remove the constitutionally elected government of Mnangagwa.
Dewa took to Facebook to tell appeal to President Mnangagwa to withdraw the suspected officers who have made it a routine to stalk the family of family.
Earlier this year, the government accused Dewa and five other activists of receiving training in the use of small arms from Otpor so that they can affect illegal regime change.
Read below the full letter:
Dear Mr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
May you please tell your people to stop following me around!! Ever since I was released from prison I am being followed and monitored everywhere I go by weird people in tinted cars without number plates. In the past four days, the car pictured below (black tinted ford ranger with no number plates) has been parking outside my house in the evenings. The pattern of its arrival and departure is consistent with my arrival at home from work.
I would like to reiterate that I am neither a terrorist nor a security threat in any way. My work as a women and human rights activist is in no way related to any insurgency or terrorism acts as alleged by state security agents.
I hold no intentions to unconstitutionally remove your Government from power. I am a law-abiding and peace-loving Zimbabwean. I was never trained on the use of either small or big arms in the Maldives as wrongly stated by propaganda in state media. The workshop I participated in was on human rights and peacebuilding in line with my work of mobilizing and capacitating women to take up leadership positions.
Please tell your people to leave me and my kids alone!! The intensified surveillance is traumatizing my family and the children are now afraid of moving freely at home where they are supposed to feel safe and secure. My children (aged 4 and 3 years) deserve peace and a safe environment just like yours and every other kid for proper development. Above all, they also need me and risk growing up without parental love and guidance if I am to be harmed by these menacing thugs.
May you also please tell your people who arrested me and confiscated my passport at the airport on 27 May 2019 to return my passport to law and order officers at Harare central police station. During my last court appearance, the investigating officer indicated that she never received my passport from the people who arrested me.
I had many opportunities to leave this country but I chose to stay so please don’t punish me for choosing to stay in Zimbabwe amidst all the economic turmoils we have faced as a country over the years.
I am not an enemy of the state Mr Mnangagwa, the enemy is the ailing economy, corruption, and misgovernance. Women are suffering the worst in this economy and as a woman, I don’t deserve further harassment by your agents. Women, girls and the general citizens are in a state of hopelessness. May you kindly solve the political and economic crisis sir rather than persecuting human rights defenders!
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