Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Peter Mutasa said that a gang of men claiming to be police officers visited his home mid-morning this Monday looking for him.
Mutasa said the ‘policemen’ attempted to bundle his relatives in their vehicle in a bid to force them to divulge his whereabouts. Mutasa tweeted:
A gang saying are policeman have visited my home just now. Having failed to see me at home, they tried to force my relatives into their car. They wanted them to show them where l am. My family is in danger and panic.
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So after being disrupted and failing to abduct me, they went to the car park where l park and punctured all the tyres.
They obviously wanted to immobilize me because they then came back in a white quantum and faked to be lost and seeking directions.
In a related development, president of the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), Obert Masaraure, said unidentified armed men claiming to be from the Office of the President raided his uncle’s home at around 2 AM searching to him. He posted on Twitter:
Armed men raided the residence of my uncle in Kuwadzana last night. They arrived at 2 am heavily armed and said they were looking for me. I am safe for now, but worried.
They were four armed men in suits, who claimed to be from the President’s office. They abducted my cousin threatening to kill him.
They later dumped him at Kuwadzana 2 shopping centre after interrogating him about my whereabouts.
They were in an unmarked twin cab, black in colour.
The young man, (my cousin) is heavily traumatised.
Zimbabwe has witnessed worrying cases of abductions of opposition political activists, union leaders, comedians and civic activists by unknown gunmen.
The abductions occur in the dead of the night and the abductors, armed with assault rifles, usually torture their victims before dumping them.