HARARE – It never rains but pours for embattled former deputy minister Dr. Energy Mutodi as women gang up, petitioning President Mnangagwa to come clean on the issue, TSTnews reports.
By Liberty Makusha
The petition seen by TSTnews was written by The Women’s Academy of Leadership to the Zimbabwean president condemning his government silence over the former minister’s defamatory tweet denigrating the three abducted MDC Alliance youths leaders.
Mutodi torched a storm when he tweeted that the three ladies parked their car at Harare Central Police station for safety and drove to Bindura with their artisanal miners, tragedy struck when they demanded forex for services rendered.
“His tweet was untruthful, defamatory and denies that indeed the rights of the 3 women leaders were violated by suspected state security agents,” reads the petition written by the women group.
The group has noted that Mutodi’s reckless statement comes against a backdrop of systematic attacks on women human rights defenders by suspected state security agents.
The attacks perpetrated in the past 2 years are of a sexual nature, often involving acts which are intended to erode the dignity of women concerned.
TSTnews observed that women were disheartened by the posting of semi nudes pictures of the three ladies taken by a female police officer from the forensic department.
The women condemned high ranking government officials who include Nick Mangwana, George Charamba, Kazembe Kazembe and Ziyambi Ziyambi for explicitly and implicitly denying torture and sexual violation of the three ladies without carrying out investigations.
TSTnews noted that the women organisation is demanding to know the reason for the sacking of Mutodi as the letter of his dismissal in the public domain did not specify his offense.
Meanwhile, the former deputy minister is facing expulsion from Zanu PF and recalling from parliament as his political star fades.
TSTnews learnt that Mutodi lost designer suits worth US$11 000 when his Borrowdale residence was broken into by thieves.