‘Patriot Bill long overdue’

By Oleen Ndori

POLITICAL analysts have called out surrogates being used by foreign handlers to push for regime change in Zimbabwe after political activist Hopewell Chin’ono was exposed for being part of a United States-funded destabilisation agenda in the country.

Former MDC-T member Tongai Matutu says his security is no longer guaranteed after he exposed Chin’ono for his role in the US embassy-funded regime change agenda.

Using his page on the micro blogging site, Twitter, Matutu narrated how Chin’ono was approached and funded by the United States embassy in Harare to use social and digital media to viciously attack the Zimbabwean government in order to create anarchy, socio-political destabilisation and push for regime change.

This has received condemnation from various quarters with political analysts describing Chin’ono’s actions as deplorable.

“Zimbabwe is a country of interest for both and external detractors and what we have seen recently is a show desire to extend and influence western policies in Southern Africa with regards to Zimbabwe. What we see are individuals acting voluntarily as appendages of the West in terms of regime change agenda and the vilification of the state and try to shake the nationalist state of Zimbabwe and this is unfortunate,” said Gibson Nyikadzino, a political analyst.

Another political analyst, Motion Mbano says it is now time that Parliament moves swiftly with the Patriot Bill which is key in safeguarding the interests of the nation.

“It is high time that Parliament hastens the Patriot Bill to ensure that we have an equivalent of the Logan Act in America, which will be used as a legal instrument to guard this nation against these stooges who are bent on fighting and demonising this country,” said Mbano.

In the post, Matutu tweets that Chin’ono, who allegedly received a share of US$500 000 from the US, was housed at their embassy in Westgate for the whole month in December 2018.

Matutu’s thread further states that media organisations such as 263 chat, Bus Stop TV, and Citizen manifesto were funded to the tune of US$4,2 million by the US embassy.

He claims that he was also part of the madness and describes Chino’no’s antics as a funded art of creating fake stories, with the idea of soiling the image of the country and incite civil unrest in Zimbabwe.