The sacking of Deputy Information Minister Energy Mutodi on Wednesday by President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a charade that does nothing to bring to justice the perpetrators of heinous crimes against three MDC Alliance activists, a political commentator has said.
University of Kent law lecturer Alex Magaisa said Mnangagwa fired Mutodi out of embarrassment after the Rhumba musician labelled the hospitalised opposition activists prostitutes who were bashed by their lovers after that demanded to be paid in foreign currency for their services. Magaisa said:
Mutodi may have been fired and presumably, the tweet mocking the victims was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. But the real issue is the abduction and torture of Joana, Netsai and Cecilia. Perpetrators of these crimes are still out there. This charade cannot hide that.
Without accepting what happened to the 3 women and taking responsibility, the sacking of Mutodi is more out of embarrassment and a need to be seen to be doing something while doing nothing about the real crimes. Mutodi had outlived his purpose before he stepped into office.
What the 3 women and their families want is real action towards finding the perpetrators and bringing them to book. What all survivors of heinous crimes in the past want is the government taking action against offenders. As long as the government does nothing this is a mere fraud.
The three MDC Alliance officials, Harare West MP Joanah Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova were abducted, tortured and s_xually assaulted after taking part in an anti-government demonstration in Warren Park, Harare on Wednesday last week.
The trio was dumped from a moving car at dawn on Friday, two days after being arrested for demonstrating against food shortages.