HARARE - The entire leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has gone into hiding following well coordinated abductions and disappearances of its supporters and human rights activists by hired foreign mercenaries from as far as Angola and the Great Lakes region, The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal.
An operation code named “operation ngatipedzenavo” (Operation lets finish them up), was recently launched by Robert Mugabe's hardline party functionaries to destroy the leadership structures of the opposition.
This latest move now threatens the peace deal signed by Robert Mugabe and opposition leaders on 15 September this year and it is now feared that most elected opposition Members of Parliament might fled the country into exile, leaving the much awaited constitutional amendment in jeopardy.
The MDC President Morgan Tsvangirai has decided to stay abroad for fear of his life....
It is believed that the mercenaries are reporting directly to Emmerson Munangagwa throught former Rwandan Presidential Guard commander Protais Mpiranya and Mnangagwa is the Chairman of JOC (Joint Operation Command).
The operation is also receiving direct funding from the Reserve Bank.
Protais Mpiranya, the former head of the presidential guard during the 1994 genocide is on the wanted list of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, but he has since settled in Zimbabwe for close to 10 years and he is running Robert Mugabe’s close protection unit in the Presidential Guard together with the Libyan and Pakistan nationals.
Mapiranya is also suspected to have strong business links with Zimbabwe’s second most powerful politician Emmerson Mnangagwa and senior Zimbabwe army officers....