A Zimbabwean man, ICT expert, consultant and business leader Taurai Chinyamakobvu is trending online after popular Twitter account Team Pachedu run by computer programmers, data scientists, linguists, bio-statisticians, and political analysts claim to have unmasked him revealing he is the shadowy character going by the moniker matigari on twitter.
— TeamPachedu (@PacheduZW) September 28, 2018
Known for his relentless belligerent insults and vitriol against MDC Alliance Leader Advocate Nelson Chamisa matigari was now counted amongst cyber bullies.
Pachedu started by providing evidence from computer forensic tools that now make it possible to more easily search for, and find, similarities between tweets and Mr Chinyamakobvu
It is believed the revelation was triggered by the incessant attacks on Pachedu and one of its known members Freeman Chari whom they attacked for falsely alleging that one Pastor Chiwenga had been abducted. Chiwenga’s spokesperson wrote on facebook refuting the allegations. Matigari, Hopewell Chin’ono and Petina Gappah were on Freeman and Pachedu’s tail to reveal his source.
Pachedu then resorted to counter-punching threatening to reveal the faces behind ghost accounts that have been terrorising people on Twitter including Matigari.
Harvard-trained Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has been quick to refute allegations that he could be one of the people behind the matigary character after Team Pachedu revealed its more than one individual.
The possibility that I am @matigary only exists in the heads of sick people with twisted minds. Unless you are a coward who can’t spell out your envy publicly but chose to hide under such idiotic name calling, you have NO reason to tell people that I am @matigary when I am not! https://t.co/EsYdWtzVOH
— Hopewell Chin’ono (@daddyhope) September 29, 2018
Despite spirited attempts to refute allegations, Taurai is increasing becoming popular with Zim netizens searching for his name online to try and understand more about him.
But how is my mobile number marrying anything? My number exists on my website. Feel free to check my website, it’s there, it’s not a secret.
— Taurai Chinyamakobvu (@tchinyamakobvu) September 28, 2018
Other people on twitter are celebrating this revelation while others are arguing Taurai Chinyamakobvu has become an unfortunate victim of social media.
Rest in Peace Matigari 2014-2018 😂. Thanx @PacheduZW fo unmasking him. he blocked me for supporting MDC.@LynNemudonhi @zvobgoluckson1 @MamoyoT @sekuru_gudo @KristenMuwani @GraciousC2 @TalithaDube1 @zimskills @revesaymutede @TsunguAlice @williamzambezi @freemanchari @GilbertKays pic.twitter.com/1X6cJBOBKe
— Debra (@DebraWakanaka) September 28, 2018
hapana hapana viva Matigari
— Nyaningwe Murambwi (@NyaningweM) September 29, 2018
Biography of Taurai
Taurai is a serial entrepreneur, consultant and business leader. He is an inaugural Mandela Washington Fellow under President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. He attended Yale University’s Yale School of Management as a fellow. He holds a diploma in strategic management from Sweden, and an MBA (International Business and Marketing) from Japan where he was a MEXT Scholar. He also holds an MBA (finance) from the University of Zimbabwe. He is also admitted as an Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government Taurai has experience in various roles with international companies. He a director and consultant of Autocom Japan in Zimbabwe, having set up the subsidiary in 2014. He is also an advisor to Marubeni Corporation, a Global Fortune 500 company since 2013. He is a partner and director of Flocash, a pan-African payment gateway. He also co-founded Pazimba.com, a e-commerce business in Zimbabwe In the past, he was a business development manager for Misys PLC/Ethics Consultancy (2011-2013), he headed marketing for Powertel Communications in Zimbabwe (2009), was group head of marketing for Zimbabwe Allied Banking Group (2005-9) and marketing manager for Royal Bank (2004). He also worked for Innscor Africa Limited and the Cresta Hospitality Group. As a Mandela Washington Fellow, he was an intern at Microsoft Corporation. He was also a visiting fellow at IBM’s Innovation Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Taurai has also advised government officials in Zimbabwe on policy issues. He has done research on innovation, development, business models, technology spillovers and presented on them in Zimbabwe, Japan, and Thailand. He has also written on the same. (pazimbabwe.com)
Shadowy online and blogging characters are not a new phenomenon in Zimbabwe, former Permanent secretary of information George Charamba later disclosed that he was the shadowy character Nathaniel Manheru who contributed to a weekly column in The Saturday Herald.