The MDC has said that its two members from Gokwe were abducted by suspected State security agents on Tuesday morning. MDC Midlands provincial spokesperson Takavafira Zhou said that their whereabouts were still unknown last night.
The missing activists are Prince Paradza and Edify Vushoma from Gokwe Central. A missing persons report was made at Gokwe Police Station. Witnesses told Southern Eye that the duo had an altercation with individuals suspected to be State operatives who accused them of pulling down President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s campaign poster during last year’s elections. The source said:
During the altercation by their tormentors, the two MDC activists were given four hours to either replace the poster or disappear. We strongly believe that the threat has been put into action.
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Zhou also concurred with the source said:
The duo was falsely accused of removing Mnangagwa’s poster and was given a four-hour ultimatum. However, they politely indicated that there were not the ones who had pulled it down and so they could not replace it.
He added that the poster in question had, in fact, been pulled down by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission officers ahead of the 2018 elections since it was in the vicinity of a polling station. He also said that the MDC was disturbed by the abduction and demanded the immediate release of the duo.