Deputy Minister for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Hon. Energy Mutodi said that evacuations of villagers in Manicaland could not be carried out as they were likely going to resist.
Mutodi asserted that this would have necessitated the involvement of the army which would naturally apply minimum force to overcome the resistance.
Such a move would then result in reports of fake rape, fake torture and fake abduction claims. Writing on Twitter on Thursday. Mutodi said:
Evacuations would do for those who complied but in this case, it would’ve been eviction as villagers would resist moving. The exercise would have required the police & the army to use minimum force & as usual, there were going to be fake rape, torture & abduction claims.
Meanwhile, journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu has ‘corrected’ the Honourable deputy minister, saying that ‘you wouldn’t know the difference, but it’s significant. It’s EVACUATE not EVICT‘.