14 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Abducted Mother and Children 'Found' in Bulawayo

A pregnant woman and her three young children, who were allegedly abducted by suspected ZANU PF operatives, are said to be safe and back home in Shagari, Midlands South.

The MDC-T had reported that 23-year old Florence Ngwere Jamela and her children Emmanuel, Godfrey (5) and Frank (3) were abducted in the early hours of Thursday morning. Their father, Moses Jamela was not home at the time.

But further investigations by SW Radio Africa have revealed that the MDC may have been misinformed.

According to Mark Moyo, the MDC-T Policy and Research Secretary for Midlands Province and a resident of lower Gweru near Shagari, Moses Jamela insists his family was abducted but he had "found" them in Bulawayo. But the details of the abduction do not add up and not much is known about Jamela in the area.

Moyo explained that Jamela arrived back in Shagari a couple of months ago after a very long absence. The local Sabhuku, Jani Kanda, believes Jamela works in South Africa and travels through Bulawayo quite frequently. He has applied for permission to build a home in the area and is said to be awaiting authorization.

A statement from the MDC-T had named Artwell Zindi, Stephen Mazarura, Jephta and Cosmas as the ZANU PF members responsible for the abduction. It was also alleged that the operatives stole a generator that the MDC-T use for power at their functions.

Moyo said he is not sure exactly what happened to Jamela's wife and children on Thursday. But he is glad they are alive and were not physically harmed. He said eventually the truth will surface.

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