IN a clumsy attempt to plant a fictitious story in the Zimbabwe Independent, a suspected intelligence operative this week dropped forged documents at the pa
per’s offices purporting to show internal feuding in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
On Wednesday afternoon a heavy-set man clad in a brown jacket delivered to the Independent reception desk an envelope addressed to the news editor Vincent Kahiya. Kahiya was on his way out at the time the letter was delivered.
As Kahiya was driving off he saw the man who delivered the letter driving away in a white Nissan Hard Body truck with a Zanu PF logo on it.
The two documents were on MDC letterheads. One of the documents, purportedly written by the party’s secretary-general Welshman Ncube to chairman Isaac Matongo, said the MDC “Matabeleland province executive councils” were not happy with perceived tribalism in the party. The other document said Shona-speaking members of the executive had labelled their Ndebele counterparts as docile during the mass action.
Ncube yesterday described the letter as “garbage”.
“It was one of those CIO-generated documents,” said Ncube. “I would not write a letter to my chairman because his office is next to mine and I talk to him every day.”
Ncube purportedly wrote to Matongo to organise a meeting to iron out the differences.
“The allegations are serious and warrant your immediate attention before we brief the president,” Ncube’s alleged letter to Matongo reads.
“However, I am of the opinion that we first summon the executive to Harvest House to discuss the issues raised as these threaten the survival of the party which is already showing cracks and set to crumble following the demise of the ‘Final Push’ and allegations of misappropriation of funds meant for demonstrators.”
The letter bore Ncube’s signature at the bottom but a close examination of the signature showed that it was cut from a bona fide letter and then pasted on the forged letter before being photocopied. The letter does not have a date. The other document was not signed.
The documents also alleged that “Shonas” misappropriated $40 million meant for Matabeleland. It said Ncube would be replaced by his deputy Gift Chimanikire as the party’s secretary-general during the party’s next executive elections.