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Wednesday, 24 December 2008

We know where they are

The recent abductees have been found - but they're still in jail

To the enormous relief of their families, many of the 40-odd human rights workers and others who have disappeared recently have been located. Despite vehement government denials I can confirm that they are in police custody, and various charges against them are under consideration.

Police have continued to deny that they hold any of the missing people, but Harare-based lawyer Charles Kwaramba told me yesterday, Tuesday, that, following intensive investigations, he could confirm that at least 12 have been located in different police stations in the Harare area.

Zimbabwe Peace Project Director Jestina Mukoko, kidnapped outside her home three weeks ago, an event which made headlines across the world, was first held at Highlands police station, then moved to Matapi in Mbare, where she remains. She is believed to face a charge of recruiting people to be trained to overthrow the government.

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai's former personal assistant Ghandi Mudzingwa is being held at Highlands, while Concillia Chinanzvavana, the MDC women's leader from Mashonaland West, and her husband Emmanuel Chinanzvavana, a councillor in Zvimba South, are both at Marlborough police station.

These names and others are believed to be facing charges similar to that levelled against Jestina Mukoko.

We now also know exactly who carried out the abductions. The operation was controlled by Harare-based Chief Superintendent Chrispen Makedenge, who commands the Law and Order section of the police. He led a team of operatives drawn from the police, the national army, and the spy agency the Central Intelligence Organisation.

The operation was code-named "Chimumumu", which is Shona for a dump person, and was particularly well funded. The team were given new vehicles, an unlimited fuel supply, and permanent bookings in various hotels.

Makedenge's services to our corrupt regime have been rewarded with, amongs other things, a commercial farm in the rich Banket agricultural area.

And I am sure most regular Moses Moyo readers will be able to guess to which office Makedenge and his team report. Yes indeed, it is the office of the President, Robert Mugabe.


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