Senator Chief Fortune Charumbira, the chairperson of the Parliamentary Privileges Committee which was investigating the death threats that were sent to MDC-T legislators told Parliament that his committee had been unable to trace the senders. According to the committee, the person or people who sent the messages did not go through the normal operators and instead hacked Potraz. Said Charumbira
Potraz said the messages did not go through the usual cellphone operators. Instead they used a short code 33284, which reflected as “Death” and “Hitman” to those who received it. The ZRP said the shortcode was not registered with any of the licences operators in the country, and that the person, who used the short code hacked into the Potraz system and did not pay the fees due to the regulator,
Some of the threatening messages read:
Are you in Zimbabwe?
Read Pindula News without data on your phone on freedata.pindula.co.zw
Only Applicable to Econet lines
I have plenty of space to bury your corpse, be warned your involvement in tomorrow’s planned demo is a clear indication of joining your ancestor’s.
The messages were signed as “Death” or “Hitman” and were sent to MDC-T legislators warning them not to demonstrate when President Robert Mugabe was addressing parliament.