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Xolisani Ncube

Nine student activists who had besieged the Harare Magistrates’ Court protesting against the arrest of their leader, Takudzwa Ngadziore have been arrested.

Ngadziore was arrested for allegedly protesting at Impala Car Rental offices demanding answers concerning the company’s alleged role in the use of its vehicles in state-sponsored abductions.

The students who are members of the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU) picketed at the courts ahead of Ngadziore’s court appearance.

Camera footage revealed that a Bulawayo based student, Tawanda Muchehiwa was allegedly abducted using a vehicle hired from Impala.

The abduction happened, a day before the foiled #31 July anti-corruption national protests.

Students’ activists led by Ngadziore have been staging demonstrations at Impala Car Rental offices in Harare demanding the company make public statements on how their vehicles were being used by suspected State security agents to abduct citizens. 

Muchehiwa was held for three days at an unknown location and was subjected to gruesome torture before being dumped close to his home after a High Court judge ordered his release within 72 hours.

The abductors demanded to know where his nephew, the ZimLive editor Mduduzi Mathuthu was.

Mathuthu was instrumental in exposing corruption allegations implicating President Mnangagwa and his family in the US$60m Drax Covidgate scandal.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin’ono will have to wait until October 19 to know when his case will go for trial after the state indicated that investigations are incomplete.

The journalist appeared before a new magistrate after the previous one Ngoni Nduna stepped aside due to alleged improper handling of the matter.

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