MDC MPs receive death threats on mobile phones

HARARE - Dozens of opposition legislators have received death threats and are scared stiff for their lives, pushing for a government probe into the intimidation.

Spooked Members of Parliament (MPs) who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said they were particularly worried about the fact that the real intentions and next move of the people behind the chilling death threats were not known.

A number of the affected legislators also said they were concerned that this was the fourth time in a row that MDC MPs had been sent the death threats on their mobile phones by suspected security agents, without authorities being able to shed light into the matter.

This week’s threats came just after police forcibly removed some opposition MPs from Parliament after they refused to stand up for the President, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The MDC lead by Nelson Chamisa — who is not a member of Parliament and lost a court challenge to Mnangagwa’s win — maintains that he was cheated of victory by the electoral body and says the 76-year-old president lack legitimacy.

MDC national chairperson Thabitha Khumalo forwarded the received threat messages to this publication, that originated from  “text.co.zw” — a bulk message system that is used by Parliament.

The message reads: “Zita rangu ndinonzi ‘Death.’ Mafreedoms nemarights amunoda kukoshesa aya be careful kuti security in numbers haiwanzobatsiri kana wawega, we are gunning for u!”

Khumalo said: “If you look at the top message before the one that was threatening me, it was a message that was coming from the external relations officer who was instructing honourable members to collect some documents from his office.

“Now what boggles my mind is what is it that I have done wrong that is outside the rules and norms of Parliament. I have followed every single standing rule including the Constitution of Zimbabwe articulating issues that I have been sent by the people of Zimbabwe to come and present.”

Speaker of National Assembly Jacob Mudenda said: “I am not in the country at the moment. I am not aware of the proceedings.”

Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda said the Legislature would never churn out such messages, moreover on a public platform.

“The bulk SMSs we send are sent through a public platform. I have said to them (MDC legislators) there is no manner in which Parliament could send such threatening messages. Those who received these messages should report to the police,” Chokuda told the Daily News.

Khumalo said: “Intimidating me will not turn the economy around, intimidating me will not bring drugs to hospitals, intimidating me will not create employment.

“Sending me threatening messages is a violation of my rights as a member of Parliament because in what I do and say in Parliament, I am immune. So, they are violating my immunity, and I am very disappointed the Parliament of Zimbabwe would want to stoop that low and intimidate me for carrying out my duty as the leader of the House.”

Khumalo said she was not fearful of the regime and its tactics.

The legislator said Zanu PF should listen to the electorate, insisting that they will not stop refusing to recognise Mnangagwa ostensibly because Chamisa won the 2018 harmonised elections.

“Instead they must listen to the people; they must listen and listening has become a lost art when it comes to Zanu PF. They have got the ‘me and I syndrome’ and those days are gone,” she said.

“People are suffering; they want change. All they must do is just hand over power to Nelson Chamisa and we start turning the country around; it’s as simple as that.”
MDC spokesperson Jacob Mafume said several MDC MPs had also received the threatening messages.

Mafume said the “regime” was showing its “true colours”.

“They are tired of playing the ‘nice guys’ for the donor community. They are now showing their true colours of intimidating and threatening. That only shows us that we are in the right direction. We are not scared of their infantile methods of fighting.”


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Comments (13)

Chamisa labelled them "stupid" saka a little mental redirection and reorientation might help these "stupids".. HEY just joking alright!! On a serious note, if this is happening this must stop. NO PERSON MUST LIVE UNDER FEAR OR THREATS, DIRECT OR INDIRECT, FROM ANOTHER PERSON. It is a violation of one's constitutional and human rights. Kutongoti kutukana nekusvotesana kwacho kwawandisa mu parliament, to the extent some of the exchanges are too personal. People should learn to be civil in debates, and use appropriate language as well..@

Will Blackman - 3 December 2018

Thabitha Khumalo is right. The terrorists threatening MDC-A are wasting time. They should focus on the economy. We need affordable food, accommodation, jobs, security ............ Threatening people is a useless strategy that does not work in the long run. 38 years into our "independence" is surely the long run. This is not 1988 but 2018. Threats no longer work!

Munya Brown - 3 December 2018

We heard enough lies of MDCs. Ndimi munongoroyiwa mega? Ndimi munongobirwa mega? Ndimi nunongourawa mega? Zvese ndimi munongozviitirwa? A victim of all? Common sense tells. If the state security agencies really want you, non of you would vomit stinking words against them including you Tindo. We world now knows that your agenda is to tarnish the government's image. Ndakambokuvhunzai mukasapinfura kuti munodeyi panokamwa mbada kana muchitya kuzorumwa. Tibvureyi Apo!!

Chamboko - 3 December 2018

@chamboko these threatening messages have been shown to the media and to speaker and clerk of parlianament so the fact the messages have been received is true. your criticise blindly and ndipo paunotooneka kuti its either you have not read the article of you are zanu pf. you brag in state security killings as if zvakanaka, shame on you!!!

TaTanga - 3 December 2018

SHAME and very SHAME to mdca mps. Surely these so called mdca mps thinks they are special to draw peoples' attention by making such nonsense allegations against our government? Even a psychiatric patient like them can never have sleepless nights for these fools who are surviving on destroying our country. I think even the writer of this article must be ashamed of himself to be used in such a foolish manner. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkky zvanzi ngavape chanyiswa huPresident surely munhu ane 5 senses dzakakwana angataure zvinhu zvakafa kudaro? But we know why this noise by these psychiatrics, they fear to be fired by chanyiswa who is busy ring fencing himself fearing other contenders to the mdca presidency. VERY IDIOTIC allegations.

shunguhadziurayi - 3 December 2018

The lady in this article should keep quite she has no point, power is not given you takeover power constitutionally. Taking your issue to J Mudenda when ZRP is there is nonsensical. MDCA is seeking relevance with everything they have become crybabies. No time for you now forward with economic reforms.

Mafirakureva - 3 December 2018

We are tired of these stage managed threats meant to attract sympathy. In any case, you cannot dismiss internal job with the way that party is divided.

Tafara Shumba - 3 December 2018

It's also quite possible that these messages were generated by.......the MDC!!

Tinowaziwa - 3 December 2018

It is quite disheartening that some people derive joy from other people's misery.This Idiot called Chamboko is one such brainless zombie who see s nothing bad even when zanu thugs butcher innocent people in cold blood like they did in 2008 and just after the recent elections.Such evil people will never see evil on account they are evil themselves to be able to see evil.They are always at the defence of the mafia party even when it is clear that they are wrong.They always blame opposition parties even for the comatose economy which is under the supervision of their president,blame is heaped on MDC.MDC besides being not in government,ave done a lot of positive things,but zanu pf are always quick to critisizev them.The y say no matter how good the chicken can dance,it will never pleases the hawk.For Chamboko and others who share his evil thoughts,you are just human on body but your thoughts and beliefs are satanic.In fact you are actually worse than the devil himself.Wait until zanu pf thugs,torture your father,rapes your wife or daughter.Ask Chipanga and company,they will tell you kuti dai ndakaziva haitungamiri.Take heed zanu pf apologists!

janana wa Bikaz madhogodhogo - 3 December 2018

VanaJena muri mbudzi. This is the very lady who previously accused Zanu Pf MPs of sexual advances to her which is a total pathetic. If a man is a womanizer, it doesn't take side of the party you support. Today she came again with another stupid story and you're supporting her only because she came from MDC womb. Both you and her are idiots

Chamboko - 3 December 2018

That's all Zanu knows, addictions and death. Kuti chiitaiwo economy so we can live like human beings zilch. Izvo havagone. Mboko dzevanhu.

Moe Syszlack - 3 December 2018

i see no reason why the government would feel threatened by an opposition in the minority...these so calledthreats especially alleged to come parliament do not make sense.

alternative - 3 December 2018

Why they hate MDC? They see the rot caused by their comrades. Just looking for a softer punch bag!!!

Tau - 4 December 2018

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