Mujuru crushed through hi-tech

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VICE-PRESIDENT Joice Mujuru’s political career was wrecked through a well-coordinated and systematic operation of communication surveillance and recordings, including voice cloning and video morphing using high-tech gadgets.

Faith Zaba

Documents seen by the Zimbabwe Independent this week plucked out of a top secret Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) report on recordings of senior government officials suggest Mujuru — who is not technology-savvy — is a victim of a covert listening operation and video recording by a clique within the CIO sympathetic
to her rival, Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Grace Mugabe.

“Mujuru was destroyed through an operation of intense communication surveillance and recordings, including voice cloning and video morphing using high-tech equipment,” an experienced CIO officer said provided the documents.

“Her communications were monitored 24/7; her calls, messages and movements were watched. But it was the recording done at her home by the First Lady’s agent which was the turning point as it provided decisive audio-visual evidence that she is personally against her.
All the other materials available were not directly incriminating.
“The agent (who is Grace’s aide) recorded Mujuru through a micro-digital video recorder with a hidden camera which records in a discreet and effective way while he was sitting in front of her at her house in Chisipite. Hidden micro cameras are embedded in items like watches, pens and necklaces etc.”

The Independent indicated months ago although it was difficult to prove it then that Grace did not like Mujuru because there was some recordings in which she said if she caught saying if she takes over from Mugabe she would seize the farms the First Lady is grabbing in Mazowe and give them to villagers there.

Grace this week helped to confirm the issue – widely known in media circles – that she had some recordings on Mujuru even though it appears they were obtained unconstitutionality and illegally as there was no court order authorising them.

In terms of Section of 57 of the new constitution it is illegal to listen to or record private communications without permission from the courts. “Every person has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have … the privacy of their communications infringed.”

At separate meetings with students and cross-border traders on Monday and Tuesday respectively at her Mazowe farm, Grace, who has accused Mujuru of corruption, plots to topple Mugabe and even assassinate him and herself, confirmed she is possession of recordings of Mujuru wearing a mini-skirt at her home while gossiping about her and the president.

In the video recording, Mujuru is said to have complained that: “Mai Mugabe vanongoswera vachikwekweredza nekamudhara ikako nenyaya yekukara mari. (Grace Mugabe is dragging the old man (Mugabe) around and stopping him from retiring because of greed.)”
“Mugabe is grandmaster and will have the last laugh. I trapped Mujuru and I now have recordings of her in a mini-skirt, speaking ill of me and the president,” Grace, again shooting from the hip, told students on Monday.”

Clarifying the mini-skirt issue at a rally with vendors and cross-border traders on Tuesday, Grace said: “What she was wearing in the video was inappropriate considering she was in her lounge with a young man (her agent).”

The First Lady said she is also in possession of another recording of Mujuru scoffing at her ear-infection in front of the same young man. Grace did not disclose the name of the man she sent to record Mujuru, but intelligence sources say it was someone, whose was privately provided although he cannot be mentioned for legal reasons, close to both women.

Besides Grace’s own covert operation, a faction in intelligence has been closely monitoring Mujuru and her close lieutenants’ communications through phones and other gadgets as part of the process leading towards congress where her fate would be sealed.

Top intelligence sources said during this operation they managed to make many recordings of telephone conversations, messages and internet-based discussions.

While a lot has been gathered by tailing Mujuru and her close allies, some of the material has been tampered with in order to link them with plots that are non- existent.

The intelligence officers say Mujuru certainly did gossip about Grace and her husband, saying some negative things about them, including threats to seize their Mazowe farms if she came to power. The Gaddafi-style elimination of Grace seems to be an exaggeration, although a lot of nasty name-calling and derisions are true.

However, sources say some of the gathered material was tampered with and manipulated to produce reports which claim Mujuru wanted to topple or assassinate Mugabe.

The documents explain how voice cloning and video morphing were done. This was in relation to the Mujuru and her allies’ case.

“This (voice cloning) is usually achieved through the adaptation of voices through telecom intercepts, followed by synthesised voice cloning and ultimately leading to the abuse and manipulation of those adapted and cloned voices being used to utter words by of the text-to-speech software technology,” reads part of documents.

“The text-to-speech software available is capable of reading prepared text, which is then read by the cloned voice and recorded. The final product is then played back to unsuspecting audiences. This opportunistic forgery can cause havoc and strain relationship between friends and relatives.”

AT&T Labs in the United States was one of the first companies to develop the software called “Natural Voices” which they say is so good at reproducing the sounds, effects and intonations of a human voice that it can recreate voices and even bring the voices of long-dead celebrities back to life.

The software, which is said to turn printed text into synthesised speech, makes it possible for the user to manipulate recordings of a person’s voice to utter things he/she did not actually say.

In an article in the New York Times of July 31 2001, AT&T Labs vice-persident Lawrence R Rabiner said: “Some of those who have tested the technology say it is the first text-to-speech software to raise the spectre of voice cloning, replicating a person’s voice so perfectly that the human ear cannot tell the difference.”

One classic case in which voice cloning was used was in a controversial Nike advert featuring golfer Tiger’s Woods’ late father, Earl Woods, in 2010.

But what made digital history was the impressive visual and vocals of Tupac’s resurrection at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2012.

In one recording, Gumbo is accused of saying Mugabe is going to be killed the Laurent Kabila. Suspended Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo insists the recordings of Mujuru and her allies are fake. “They are using voice morphing and attributing their recordings to people that are said to be aligned to the vice-president,” he said.
Zanu PF Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa, also State Security minister, allegedly told a lover Mugabe will be shot if he blocks Mujuru’s ascendancy.

Mujuru this week said: “I deny any and all allegations of treason, corruption, incompetence and misuse of public office being routinely made against me.”

A senior intelligence source said: “While some of the recordings are genuine, some of them are morphed material. Every seasoned operative would know that.”

19 thoughts on “Mujuru crushed through hi-tech”

  1. mukwerekwere says:

    Surely there are some men with spine in the rotten ZANU PF who would not allow the harlot to become President…surely not?

  2. mapingu says:

    Uzvaa! Regayi zvizhakane.

    Tsvangson paakatambwa imwe chete iyoyo vazhinji varikuchema nhasi vakaseka wani?

    Nhasi zviripavo. They better test the bitter zanu pf medicine with grace.

    Vasatingwaudza zvavo nokuchema vachitsvaka kuhwigwa tsitsi nesu. Hatifi takavahwira tsitsi – in fact kana vakaita tsvina idzodzo dzokuda kubvisa mukuru wenyika nechisimba – vasingadi kubuda pachena pamaelections – gavasasikwe pamoto wamakwande chaiwo.

    Aaaa, vanhu vepi! Kana musisadi kutongwa nemunhu kwikwidzayi maelections mohwinha – kana kuti modyiwa mobva manyarara kuti zii saSimba Makoni makamirira next election. Kwete tsvina dzokuda kubvisa munhu akasarudzwa nevanhu.

    1. Survivor says:

      mapingu, write in English mani. We cant read or understand that.

  3. Wezhira Wezhara says:

    You are trying very hard to portray VP Mujuru as an innocent victim but you neglect to mention the meetings she and her allies like Mutasa held in the provinces under the guise of ZimAsset outreach where some of these things and worse were said….This is why there are more than 25 affidavits that have been signed by persons who will authenticate the ‘Kabila” statements as well as the ones about Mugabe resting in his faeces….dragging Grace thru the streets sa Quadhaffi….these were said in front of several witnesses in paces such as Flamboyant in Masvingo,Rainbow Bulawayo and even at the a wedding of one of Mugabe’s aides children at Rainbow Towers in August….

  4. pty says:

    The matter has gone too far – it is better to use the route of the courts if there is anything substantial about the so called allegations – short of which i agree with Tsvangirai’s statements – about Mao and Banda styles.

  5. Survivor says:

    mapingu, write in English mani. We cant read or understand that.

  6. Hapana zvamunondiita says:

    Game on, y is t tht ése Zanu pf mercenaries bliv voice morphing nw, all along it ws used 2 crush é opposition n é general populace n éy acted as if t ws normal. Dnt feel any sympathy 4 Mujuru nor any Zanu PF idiot

    1. Tin Tin says:

      Shuwa. Please chekaiwo grammar be fore publishing. Otherwise nyorai henyu like I have just done.

  7. GushungowekuGP says:

    ZANU PF has once more demonstrated that they are not driven by principles that heroes like Josiah Tongogara, Ziyapapa Moyo and Herbert Chitepo died for. Did all these people die to make a monarchy of the Mugabe family? As we fought was not the war cry for the people of Zimbabwe to have self determination through one man one vote? I am ashamed to have fought to promote this chicanery. Each of my brothers and sisters who have fought in this war should be ashamed too. Are we going to fold our hands as genuine war veterans or we going to join the people demanding #handbackourzimbabwe.

  8. Cash Talk says:

    Faith please check your gramma. You have been a reporter for a long time and yet still write like a JC student.

    “The Independent indicated months ago although it was difficult to prove it then that Grace did not like Mujuru because there was some recordings in which she said if she caught saying if she takes over from Mugabe she would seize the farms the First Lady is grabbing in Mazowe and give them to villagers there.”

    Also as a reporter, you can not pick and choose which evidence has and or has not been tempered with especially when your article is all based on the same source and pool of evidence.

    Editor, please do your job.

  9. SHIBOBO says:

    THE TRAGEDY HERE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT MUJURU IS ALLEGED TO HAVE SAID, BUT HOW MIOPIC THE MUGABES ARE TO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!!! THEY MAY HAVE TRAPED THE VP THROUGH THOSE ILLEGAL MEANS, BUT IF THERE WERE SURE OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR ACCEPTANCE AS A FIRST FAMILY, WHY EVESDROP ON PEOPLES’ CONVERSATIONS THEN!!! IF THEY GOT THE SENTIMENTS EXPRESSED BY JUST ONE PERSON, A VERY CLOSE ONE TOO, WHAT THEN ABOUT THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN LEADERSHIP WITH THEM??? ISNT THIS AN OBVIOUS SIGN THAT PERHAPS MANY MORE PEOPLE IN ZIMBABWE ARE TRULY FED UP WITH THE MUGABES AND WOULD WANT THEM OUT????

    IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD, MORE THAN 90% OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY DONT WANT MUGABE AS PRESIDENT. THE NUMBER IS EVEN HIGHER OF THOSE WHO HAVE TOTAL CONTEMPT AND DISDAIN FOR THE SO CALLED FIRST LADY. THE MUGABES ARE USING TERROR TACTICS TO REMAIN IN POWER, AND THOSE ALLEGED TO BE LOYAL TO THEM DO SO OUT OF FEAR OF REPRAISALS. WHAT IS BEING DONE TO VP MUJURU RIGHT NOW IS TRUE TESTIMONY OF HOW DESPERATE THE MUGABES ARE.

    THE SIN THAT VP MUJURU COMMITTED IS BEING TRAPPED SAYING WHAT 90%+ OF ZIMBABWEANS FEEL ABOUT THE MUGABES BUT ARE TOO SCARED TO SAY IT!!!!

    WHAT THE MUGABES ARE DOING IS TANTAMOUSE TO HOLDING THE WHOLE COUNTRY TO RANSOM BECAUSE OF THEIR GREED AND SELF ENGRENDISEMENT. ZIMBABWEANS NO ONGER WANT YOU GUSHUNGO. PERIOD!!!!

  10. Francis says:

    Editor, the grammar in this article is atrocious. Please edit!!

  11. Sober says:

    The facts remain, if VP Mujuru ever said anything negative about the President in private or otherwise then she must own-up to her words. Remember if you say anything about anyone then one day you will be asked to account for your words.
    It is not time to defend VP Mujuru but to help her with advise.
    1. If it is true that she said anything bad about the President or First family, then she should have taken First Lady’s advise to go to the President and apologise.
    2. If there is an element of truth in some of these words then the VP must take full responsibility of her words and actions. I have noticed that she wears a Salvation Army uniform and that makes her a christian. Therefore it is important to practise the principle of the christian faith as applied in the Bible which says ONLY THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. If she is true to her faith then she has to respect God and never hypocritically play the ‘victim role’.
    3. If the VP never did what she is being accused of then she must take the legal route and sue the perpetrators. Nothing is hidden and the evidence us written everywhere. The First Lady never said all these things in private, she accused her in public and even extended an olive branch to her and later challenged the VP to contest the accusations.
    4. The advisors to the VP must play a pivotal role in building her life on truth, honesty and integrity.

    Lastly the VP must open her eyes to see and do the right thing. Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:1.

    1. Paul says:

      You said it the conversation was in private sl whatever was said should remain private.

  12. Petros Magomazi says:

    @Sober. What people say in private must remain private. Recording people’s conversations is illegal. Evidence collected in this fashion will be thrown out by any competent court. This notion of people deriding others is common in all organisations. Sometimes people make such statements out of frustration and job related stress and hence should not be taken seriously. Even in marriages it happens. If we spin the coin around, if all the ministers and senior officials including the President himself were to be put under surveillance 24/7 what do you think would come out??? People must look at this intelligently and separate reality from fiction and nonsense. This is a one sided fight which has nothing to do with improving our lives as Zimbabweans. Amai Mugabe is being selfish by trying to drag the whole country and even the party to the edge of a ravine to protect her family from imaginary enemies. I do not believe that Amai Mujuru would have humiliated the first family. This matter has been blown out of proportion and opportunists in the party are trying to use the same to gain positions they would not have won in open elections.

  13. Icho! says:

    Richard Nixon would have been safe in Harare and Watergate a non event.

  14. Bc says:

    Only God and God alone knows where we are going with our beloved country.

  15. mamoyo says:

    MAJURU STATEMENT ON GRACE IS THE TRUE REFLECTIONS OF MAJORITY IF NOT ALL ZIMBOS FEEL INCLUDING ALL HOB NOBING WITH HER

  16. zvigodii says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, Mugabe wanted to build the tower of babel and God has caused this confusion so that they do not understand each other. Thanks Dr. Tsvangirai for realising that election was stolen by the devil and went to the Great prophet of the day. What we are seeing is the manifestation of the demon that stole the election. “Puma demoni!!!”. The truth will come out. People of Zimbabwe, let say the truth 9/10 provincial chairpersons no longer need Mugabe and if democracy prevails in ZANU PF, he must listen what people are saying.

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