Student leader abducted, tortured and dumped


Simba Rushwaya

Zimbabwe National Students Association leader Takudzwa Ngadziore (22) was on Friday allegedly abducted and tortured before being dumped near Impala Car Hire offices in the Eastlea suburb of Harare.

Ngadziore was addressing a press conference at the Impala Car Hire offices where a vehicle from the company was reportedly used the abduction of fellow student Tawanda Muchehiwa in Bulawayo during the run-up to the 31 July demonstrations.

Muchehiwa was also left for dead by his abductors and in both occasions, the students suspect state security agents as their captors.

According to media reports, Muchehiwa, who is nephew of former Chronicle editor Mduduzi Mathuthu, was abducted by people who were using a vehicle from Impala Car Hire.

Ngadziore and his colleagues held the press conference on Friday demanding that the person who was driving the car be identified and apprehended by law enforcement agents.

The development comes after Ngadziore and nine other students were last week granted bail after being arrested for a similar offence following their protest at the car hiring firm over Muchehiwa.

The students are out on $2 000 bail after being charged with participating in a demonstration with intend to promote public violence, breach of peace or bigotry.

Nancy Njenge, Donald Marevanhema, Talent Jinga, Arnold Mazonde, Mitchell Lieto, Zvikomborero Mumbirimi, Takudzwa Gwaze and John Ncobo were rounded-up by anti-riot police and driven away in an open-top truck.

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