MDC renewal founding member and former Energy minister, Elton Mangoma last week received an email, revealing an assassination plot against him.
In the email seen by The Zimbabwe Mail, a character who signed off as Akinyemi Sunkanm said Mangoma was being monitored and would be killed if “you tell anyone”.
Mangoma said he had reported the matter to Malborough police under case number RRB2209420.
First provincial police spokesperson Memory Pamire referred questions to national police information boss, Paul Nyathi.
“Talk to Nyathi he should have the details on that case,” said Pamire without elaborating.
Nyathi in turn referred questions to national police spokesperson Charity Charamba who indicated she was not aware of the case.
“I have not been briefed and if he (Nyathi) or anybody knows, they should tell you or call me so I can confirm,” said Charamba. Another call to Nyathi yielded a; “call me in 45 minutes” but at the appointed time his phone went unanswered.
In the death threat email to Mangoma, the sender, Sunkanm alleged that the latter’s death had already been paid for.
“You have been betrayed!!! It’s a pity that this how your life is going to come to an end as your death had already been paid for by someone who is very close to you from all investigations. I have ordered 3 (three) of my men to monitor every move of you and make sure you are not out of sight till the date of your assassination (sic),” the letter said. “According to the report I get, you seem to be innocent about what you have been accused of, but I have no business with that, so that’s why am contacting you to know if truly you are innocent and how much you value your life”.
The writer said Mangoma would be provided with details of what to do in due course.
“Get back to me if you sure want to live on, ignore this mail only if you feel it’s a joke or just a threat. Don’t forget your days on earth are numbered, so you have the chance to live if only you will comply with me (sic).
“WARNING: Tell no one about this mail because he or she might just be the person who wants you dead, and if that happens, I will be aware and am going to make sure you DIE instantly. I will give you every detail of where to be and how to take any actions be it legal or illegal, that’s only when I read from you (sic),” the writer added chillingly. “You need to stay calm and act unaware of this situation and follow instructions because any move you make that is suspicious; you will DIE as your days are numbered”.
Sunday Mangoma defiantly said he would not be intimidated.
“These tactics of trying to scare anybody away do not work; it is barbaric, whatever issues are there must be discussed amicably,” said Mangoma.
Asked where his suspicions lie, Mangoma said he was not ruling out anything.
“I really do not know and wish I knew who it is. I am not ruling out anybody or any institution be it within the opposition or outside it. Given the nature of our politics one is never entirely secure as soon as they take part. However, there are things that must be done or said and they must be done,” said Mangoma.
Mangoma early this year penned two stinging letters asking MDC-T leader and veteran trade unionist, Morgan Tsvangirai to step-down and allow for an elective congress.
Tsvangirai obstinately refused and what followed was an orgy of violence that resulted in the brutal attack on the former cabinet minister (Mangoma) before he was suspended from the MDC-T. Following his expulsion, Mangoma was joined in the calls for Tsvangirai’s removal by (former MDC-T) secretary-general Tendai Biti who went on further to convene a national council meeting that also suspended the party leader and six other acolytes.
A tribunal that sat in June expelled Tsvangirai and party chairperson Lovemore Moyo while the other five remain suspended.
On the other hand Tsvangirai also convened meetings of his own and expelled Biti, Mangoma and their comrades. The two former close aides to the ex-premier have now put in motion a process of forming a political party of their own while Tsvangirai later called for a congress that has once again run into trouble with reports of vote-rigging and manipulation of the nomination process, particularly with regards the position of secretary-general hotly coveted by spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora and organising secretary Nelson Chamisa.