Tawanda Muchehiwa, the nephew of ZimLive editor, Mduduzi Mathuthu has opened up on his kidnapping saying his kidnappers said he would die if he talked on the matter.
He told ZimLive that his kidnappers who are suspected state agents put an AK-47 rifle to his head and told him to say his last prayers.
Muchehiwa added that when they finally dumped him after a judge ordered his release, they said he would die if he said a word.
He was abducted on 31 July, tortured for three days and was dumped on 1 August 2020 around 2200hrs at his place of residence by suspected state security agents.
Some believe that the state is coming after Mathuthu’s relatives because he has been part of the anti-corruption crusade that exposed grand corruption within President Mnangagwa’s circle.
Mathuthu went into hiding after other anti-corruption crusaders – journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and Jacob Ngarivhume of opposition Transform Zimbabwe were imprisoned recently for encouraging the citizenry to participate in the anti-corruption protests of 31 July.
Asked by SABC why relatives of individuals wanted by police are being arrested and or harassed, Nick Mangwana, secretary for Information said they were being arrested for not disclosing the whereabouts of their relatives which constitutes obstruction of justice.