Australian-based philanthropist, Susan Mutami did not attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) where she said she was supposed to give oral evidence in a case she accuses President Emmerson Mnangagwa of raping her when she was 15.
As the UNGA approached, Mutami posted on social media saying:
I have been invited to UNGA to share my ordeal.
She had already addressed thousands of followers on social media during which she narrated how Mnangagwa supposedly raped her when she was just a Form 3 pupil at Loreto High School in Silobela.
Mutami also filed a lawsuit with Australian police who indicated that the case would be referred to the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol).
This would escalate and internationalise the rape case that had sent shockwaves across the country.
Interpol offers investigative support such as forensics, analysis, and assistance in locating fugitives around the world.
All Interpol’s actions are politically neutral and taken within the limits of the existing laws in different countries, in this case, Australia and Zimbabwe.
While Interpol deals with various crimes, including corruption, human and drug trafficking, organised crime, smuggling, cybercrime and terrorism, one of its major focuses is crimes against children, especially sexual abuse and exploitation, trafficking, forced labour and abduction.
Mutami has now gone mute. Zimbabwe Observer’s attempts to contact her drew blanks as she is no longer picking calls. She also ignored questions which this newspaper sent to her.