A political analyst, Pedzisai Ruhanya, has criticised the government for what he considers a propaganda line over comments made by senior officials before and after the resurfacing of Dr Peter Magombeyi, acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) who went missing on Saturday.
Dr Magombeyi was picked up in Nyabira, more than 30 kilometres north-west of Harare on Thursday night. The government and the ruling ZANU PF party had both accused Dr Magombeyi of faking abduction.
A few hours before the doctor reappeared, Deputy Information minister Energy Mutodi used Twitter to advise Dr Magombeyi to sober up and return home. He wrote:
Doctors are meant to save lives and never to be active politicians. Participating in stage-managed abductions meant to tarnish the government’s image is a serious abomination by our doctors. We hope Dr Peter Magombeyi will sober up and find his way home.
A few hours after the doctor’s return, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Ndavaningi Mangwana also took to Twitter to transcribe part of the VOA’s interview with Dr Magombeyi. Wrote Mangwana:
Q- If someone says you stage-managed this, what would you say to that?
A- I don’t know. I need time to think about it.
Q- If someone says you stage managed this, what would you say to that?
A- I don't know. I need time to think about it pic.twitter.com/8X1rqdNtDN
— Nick Mangwana (@nickmangwana) September 19, 2019
Ruhanya opines that so far nothing exonerates the government from its alleged complicity in Dr Magombeyi’s disappearance for five days. Writing on microblogging site Twitter, Ruhanya said:
The state’s spin doctors must really think and come up with a convincing propaganda line that does not expose ZANU PF more on the abductions in general and Dr Peter Magombeyi in particular before deploying the likes of Mutodi. So far, nothing exonerates the system.
The state's spin doctors must really think and come up with a convincing propaganda line that does not expose ZANU PF more on the abductions in general and Dr Peter Magombeyi in particular before deploying the likes of Mutodi. So far, nothing exonerates the system
— Pedzisai Ruhanya (@PedzisaiRuhanya) September 20, 2019
EVERYONE should know that if Dr Peter Magombeyi staged his adduction which is BS, the state would not have allowed being tarnished immensely like this for 5 days. Everything that happened to Peter had all the footprints of the state. It is as clear as a goat’s behind so calm down!