|Known for||Active twitter member|
Matigary is the twitter handle of a person (or persons) whose identity is unknown. He is very active on the social media platform Twitter, and comments on, mostly, political and economic issues in Zimbabwe. He has also written a number of articles that have been published in online publications under the name Matt E.T. Matigari. Matigary's Twitter account uses an image of American Terris Andre King, II as its display picture. Matigary's criticism of former President Robert Mugabe was so scathing that in 2017, American journalist Martha O'Donovan was arrested after she was suspected of being behind the handle. In September of 2018 Team Pachedu claimed that it had unmasked the faceless twitter character and exposed his alleged true identity and handler.
Claim to fame
Matigary is known for his sensational commentary and analysis of current affairs which sparks a lot of debate on Twitter. Matigary’s comments have made many people be curious to know who is behind that account.
Alleged Unmasking by Team Pachedu
Team Pachedu claimed that the Matigary twitter account was linked to one Taurai Chinyamakobvu. Team Pachedu's justification revolved around the fact that they managed to get the merchant details linked to the controversial twitter account.
Team Pachedu also made frantic efforts to match Taurai's interests and those of Matigary using those similarities and areas of interest to lin Taurai to the Matigary twitter account.
Team Pachedu alleged evidence
Team Pachedu’s evidence. Team Pachedu came up with 13 ‘pieces of evidence’ to come to the conclusion that Matigary is Taurai Chinyamakobvu. You can make up your own minds how conclusive or not this evidence is:
Evidence 1: Matigary has a strong affinity towards cryptocurrency
Matigary is said to be an avid proponent of cryptocurrencies and so does Taurai Chinyamakobvu.
Evidence 2: Linguistic Fingerprint
The same way everyone has a unique fingerprint, so does everyone has a unique way of writing. This is called linguistic fingerprint. Its said the likelihood of two individuals to have a similar linguistic fingerprint is quite low And Matigary and Taurai’s accounts are said to both have same linguistic fingerprints.
Evidence 3: Matigary doesn’t use full stops
Team Pachedu says Matigary rarely uses tweets in his tweets, and so does Taurai Chinyamakobvu. Thus they are said to have the same punctuation fingerprint.
Evidence 4: Matigary likes Japanese culture
Team Pachedu released a picture with a number of tweets in which Matigary was talking about the Japanese culture. And he plainly said he is fond of martial arts. This was then mirrored with a photo that showed Taurai Chinyamakobvu practicing martial arts.
Evidence 4: Phone number and email address
Matigary’s phone number and email address are said to be in the public domain. So, Team Pachedu noticed that the number they obtained in the public domain leads them to Taurai Chinyamakobvu. Team Pachedu went as far as to disclose Taurai Chinyamakobvu ’s home address in the process.
Evidence 5: Powertel affiliation
Matigary claim to have once helped Powertell to solve a problem. Incidentally, Taurai Chinyamakobvu’s CV shows that he was contracted by Powertel back in 2008 for four months.
Evidence 6: Shona Dialect When naming a Dung Beetle in Shona, Team Pachedu says both Matigary and Taurai Chinyamakobvu used the same Shona dialect to name the beetle.
Evidence 7: Writing Style
Team Pachedu have established that Matigary and Taurai Chinyamakobvu share a common writing style in terms of the sentence structure, punctuation, spellings, grammar, contractions etc
Matigary’s Response To Unmasking
Since Team Pachedu started to post its series of tweets of the evidence, Matigary denied being Taurai Chinyamakobvu. Further, he says his email account has been subject to constant hacking attacks in the past days. At the time, Matigary is saying that Taurai Chinyamakobvu has sent him a DM (Direct Message) complaining that he’s is being harassed by people.
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