James Makamba said he fled Zimbabwe and remained in self-imposed exile for 13 years after former President Robert Mugabe threatened to kill him on suspicion of having an affair with former First Lady, Grace.
Makamba handed himself over to the Harare Magistrates’ Court after fleeing on August 31, 2005, when he was supposed to appear in court on currency externalisation charges. Through his lawyer Charles Chinyama, Makamba told magistrate Hosea Mujaya that he genuinely believed that his life was in danger. Said Chinyama:
Your worship my client was under genuine belief that his life was in danger. It was not in danger of the body of his person, but could have been killed if he continued residing in the country. The person whom he (Makamba) suspected may harm him is none other than the former Head of State Robert Mugabe who suspected that he was dating his wife, Grace. That man was viewed as the law unto himself.
Makamba was removed from remand with the State indicating that it would proceed by way of summons if it decides to pursue the matter.