Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) secretary-general Robson Chere said he survived an abduction attempt by four suspected state security agents on Sunday night.
The alleged incident occurred around 9 PM at the Arcturus mining community in Goromonzi, where Chere was visiting with a friend.
The trade unionist told ZimLive.com that the four men approached him and tried to drag him into an IST white Toyota vehicle.
He said he failed to see the car’s number plates because the vehicle’s backlights were turned off.
Chere said three of the suspects were identified by locals as Wirimai Manyati, Carlos Kamudyariyo, and Munyaradzi Manyati, a Mutoko businessman affiliated with Zanu PF.
He said he only survived after screaming hysterically, attracting the attention of a “security guard, storekeeper, and other locals”.
Chere added that he then sought shelter at a nearby maize field where he lied down like a “lifeless corpse” until he was in the clear. He said:
I then went to my friend’s place where l slept in the bathroom fearing that the state agents were still pursuing my whereabouts and would return to abduct me.
In the afternoon I reported the matter to the police, whose RB case number I’m yet to be given.