One Tafadzwa Nyathi of Norton has been identified as the complainant in the rape allegations which MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa is facing (See http://www.theobserverzim.co.zw/breaking-chamisa-faces-rape-charges/).
Apparently, according to the charge sheet, the rape occurred on November 8 last year, at a place The Observer is yet to establish.
Sources close to the rape allegations say it might be part of the $6 million that President Mnanagwa is alleged to have splashed on Chamisa’s political adversaries ahead of the upcoming MDC elective Congress set to be held on May 24.
Chamisa’s spokesperson, Nkululeko Sibanda, Friday claimed that Mnangagwa was investing $6 million in order to avoid standing against the former in any election.
Writing on Twitter, Sibanda said: “Mnangagwa is investing $6 mil trying to avoid standing against Pres Chamisa in any election.
“All should fear a run against President Nelson Chamisa, he is: 1) still within term limits; 2) the party’s engine of growth and power; 3) the only one who can beat a rigging ZANU PF.”
The government has been implicated in an elaborate plot to destabilise the MDC Alliance elective Congress set for May this year.
According to a Zimbabwe Independent report, the government, through the use of state security agents, will foment chaos before, during and after the Congress to weaken Chamisa and dampen his claims to legitimacy.
The plan will also include sponsoring Chamisa’s rivals with a huge financial war chest. Sources who spoke to the Zimbabwe Independent had this to say:Chamisa has been a problem for President Mnangagwa both at home and internationally. He has continued to question Mnangagwa’s legitimacy so the best way for Zanu PF is for him to have legitimacy and credibility problems of his own.
Chamisa will address any lingering legitimacy questions of his own if he is elected at Congress.
But the plan is to make sure that his image and credibility are damaged during the congress period, through sponsoring divisions, confusion and violence in the MDC. The idea is that the MDC should emerge weaker after Congress.
Chamisa should emerge with his reputation in tatters. There must be legitimacy questions if he sails through so that he ceases to have the moral authority to question Mnangagwa’s own legitimacy. His bargaining power will be reduced in any negotiations if the plan succeeds.
The success of the project to throw the MDC congress into disarray is also predicated on fomenting violence and chaos before the party’s branches, wards, districts and provincial structures are reorganised in line with the party’s dictates before Congress.
Efforts by The Observer to hear Tafadzwa’s point of view were fruitless by the time of going to press.