Chamisa insists threats to his life are real


Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa who says there was an attempt to abduct him on Saturday insists that the threats to his life are real.

In a tweet today, Chamisa said: “I sympathize with those driven by lies and malice who rush to claim that threats to life are false.

“Far from it. Threats to my life are real and have been made before, in broad daylight. The Saturday incident was horrible. I’m concerned about the security situation in our country!”

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa yesterday dismissed the claim that there was an attempt to abduct Chamisa and said Chamisa and his convoy instead blocked a vehicle that was following his convoy and manhandled the motorists.

“Government is dismayed at the imputation that state agents would attempt to abduct opposition leaders,” Mutsvangwa said in a statement.

“The notion is not only false but also mischievous moreso taken in light of efforts by government to harmonise all laws and practice of the constitution.

“Reports filed with the police indicate that some people were coming from Marondera, driving behind what they later learnt to be Mr Chamisa’s convoy.

“Suddenly, the convoy stopped and blocked them from overtaking, they were aggressively confronted and manhandled by members of Mr Chamisa’s entourage including Mr Chamisa who lobbed himself at the back seat of their vehicle punching and scratching.

“The victims (just ordinary citizens going about their own business until the attack) have reported this matter to the police who are carrying out further investigations, this would appear to be a road rage incident.”

Responding to Chamisa’s tweet today, Boris Judah Jongwe, said: “I thought the Harrier was yours coz you walked freely into the car not being forced.”

Chamisa responded: “Not at all. You must have the full story. There is a minimum of 8 cars with armed people whose faces will be covered, following us at any given time. Surprisingly, they have 4 new Toyota Hilux vehicles instead of using those as ambulances in our rural hospitals.”

Below is a statement issued by the MDC:

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