16 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Abducted MDC-T Youth Still Missing

A youth supporter of the MDC-T, who was allegedly abducted by a known agent from the CIO last Thursday, is said to be still missing almost a week later.

According to the MDC-T, William Sibanda of Nyamandlovu in Matabeleland North, was abducted at gun-point lastThursday morning by a CIO agent named Chibango. A statement from the party said Chibango operates from Lupane Police Station, but they have not been able to locate him or Sibanda at the station.

The MDC-T said no help has been forthcoming from the police officers.

"The continued abductions and harassment of MDC members are a well calculated move by ZANU PF to intimidate people ahead of this year's elections. However the people of Zimbabwe are determined to vote for change come elections this year," the MDC-T said in a statement.

Meanwhile, there is still no clue as to the whereabouts of activist Paul Chizuze, who went missing almost a year ago from Bulawayo. Chizuze was last seen driving his Nissan Hardbody on February 8th, 2012.

South Africa's Cape Times newspaper reported that the car itself was spotted in Beitbridge four months later. It is still not clear what business might have brought the activist to park outside the tax building in Beitbridge. For unknown reasons, the Zimbabwe Republic Police did not investigate or perform any forensic tests on the vehicle.

It is widely believed Chizuze may have been targetted because of his involvement in documenting the Gukurahundi massacres of the late eighties. Zimbabwean troops loyal to Robert Mugabe murdered tens of thousands of innocent civilians in Matabeleland, after claiming arms of war had been found hidden on a farm belonging to ZAPU leader Joshua Nkomo.

In August last year, Education Minister David Coltart told SW Radio Africa that Chizuze had "too much information on Gukurahundi". Coltart worked closely with Chizuze at the time.

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