The body of a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party supporter kidnapped days after fuel protests in January has turned up at a mortuary in Chitungwiza.
Blessing Toronga had been missing since January 24 when he was reportedly abducted from Glen Norah C Shopping Centre in Harare.
The assailants were driving in a white Foton Tunland without number plates.
The late Toronga’s uncle, Abel Toronga, said that they found the body in an advanced state of decomposition at the Chitungizwa Hospital mortuary on Monday this week. Said Toronga:
We don’t know who killed my brother’s son, but we have been all over looking for him. It really consumed our lives. We are now preparing to bury him.
A few days after Toronga’s abduction, the MDC issued a statement in a bid to know his whereabouts:
MDC News Alert: MDC member Blessing Toronga was yesterday afternoon abducted near Masimbi in Glen Norah by people riding an unmarked white Foton, his whereabouts are unknown. Any information leading to his location is priceless.
— MDC Zimbabwe (@mdczimbabwe) January 25, 2019
Blessing’s death brings to 18 the number of documented deaths after the military and police launched a brutal crackdown following protests triggered by a sharp fuel increase in the middle of January this year.