President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said MDC Alliance activists Joana Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova staged their abduction adding that their movements were recorded.
This was admission to spying on the activists who have since been arrested and charged with faking their abduction in May this year.
Speaking to ZANU PF chairpersons of Zanu PF provincial women, youths and war veterans at the party headquarters in Harare on Monday, the president said:
You see the fake abduction staged by this other party (MDC Alliance), false abductions, but because of ICT, we are now able to trace where they walked, slept and who they talked to, we have all that now.
You can’t refute it, we know at this minute, you were at this place and who did you make a phone call to.
I also want to warn you that there are foreign embassies in this country, they create false narratives against us as government, against Zanu PF as a party, but again it is because you matter.
If you did not matter, they would not waste their time on you.
The government recently published a CCTV footage which they claim contained the movements of the MDC trio to prove that they were not where they alleged to be at the time they were allegedly abducted.
Government critics have in the past claimed that they were under surveillance with suspected state security forces allegedly following them.
It is alleged that journalist Itai Dzamara was also being followed by suspected security forces who allegedly kidnapped him, he was never seen again.