Could it be a coincidence that the death of Nyamande occurred at a time when there is a deteriorating political atmosphere marked by a spike in harassments, intimidation and threats? The violence started with a wave of Mugabe-triggered incarcerations of MDC MPs.
To the sceptical and discerning citizens, it is a known fact that in the political realm this is a time-tested modus operandi — turning our roads into abattoirs. Throughout Zimbabwe’s history, road accidents have over the years conveniently eliminated perceived enemies of state and opposition members. The most disturbing pattern is that the so-called accidents have always been accompanied by a carefully orchestrated cover-up plan.
The untimely death of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife — Amai Susan Tsvangirai — in another horrific accident this year, which saw the Prime Minister himself cheating death, immediately comes to the fore. The bottom-line is that the accident was never thoroughly probed by independent investigators and the truth was never told. It was a bad precedent for the unity government to proceed with business as usual without pinpointing the exact cause of the accident.
The Nyamande accident is the latest in a series of events that could amount to a drastic and carefully orchestrated government-sponsored crackdown on opposition politicians, journalists and civic groups. In an effort to seek justice, the first dilemma is that the accident is first reported by state-owned mouthpieces such as The Herald and ZBC. Secondly, the government will investigate itself, a futile exercise where evidence can easily be tampered with. If necessary, MDC must immediately implore Sadc’s assistance to ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out.