Ex-minister 'foils' abduction attempt

HARARE - Expelled Zanu PF senior member and former Masvingo resident minister, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, said yesterday that he had foiled an abduction attempt on him after he dramatically turned the tables on alleged intelligence details who had been trailing him for more than a week.

Bhasikiti, a former member of Zanu PF’s highest decision-making body, the politburo, was recently expelled from President Robert Mugabe’s warring party on untested allegations of plotting to oust and kill the frail and long-ruling nonagenarian.

He told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that he had been trailed by unknown people over the past week on a daily basis, who would also drop a lady close to his gate at his Borrowdale house in Harare, to monitor him, his family and his movements.

The miffed and traumatised Bhasikiti said it had become apparent that the people who were following him also meant to abduct him in similar fashion to what had happened to kidnapped journalist-turned-democracy activist, Itai Dzamara — who was abducted in broad daylight four months ago by suspected State agents in the Harare high density suburb of Glen View and has not been seen since then.

Dzamara’s wife Sheffra, and other neighbours have said that in the days leading to his abduction they had witnessed a lot of nosy strangers in their area. It was claimed these people were on spying missions targeted at the missing Occupy Africa Unity Square protest initiative leader.

“I was being followed by three vehicles, which included a Toyota Fortuner, to and from my house. Whenever I got home they would leave a young woman who appeared harmless sitting near my exit point or just close by.

“This has been going on for the whole week. This morning (yesterday) they followed my driver as he went to buy bread. We were alerted to this by concerned neighbours and we phoned the driver and he duly saw them.

“On his way back they again followed him and dropped the girl at the same point. It was at that point that I asked my guys to apprehend the young woman and we took her to Borrowdale Police Station,” Bhasikiti said.

Asked if the lady had offered any resistance when his aides had charged at her, the former Mwenezi East legislator said there had been “a struggle” as they moved to apprehend her.

“I could see a person close to my home daily when I left home and even when I returned. However, it did not occur to me that anything was amiss until some gardeners and airtime vendors told me that I was being trailed.

“When we moved to apprehend her, the young woman resisted and tried to phone some people, but we took her to the police who questioned her.

“When we asked the police officer who was doing the questioning who the girl was, he just said she was from the system.

“As we were leaving the police station, we noticed the vehicle that had dropped her near my house, since my driver had the number plates. The police went to the car and when they arrived, the two men inside closed the windows and sped off.

“After that group had sped off, another group came in and another young lady who initially said she stayed in Sunningdale but later claimed to stay in Glen View claimed that the young woman we had apprehended was her relative.

“I now have no doubt in my mind that these people are the same people who abducted Dzamara,” Bhasikiti said.

Asked if he was now not living in fear, he said, “Life is always in God’s hands, and I have now beefed up my security”.

A docket, RRB2494285, was opened at Borrowdale Police Station.

However, several attempts to get a comment from the police yesterday were fruitless, with the cellular number of police spokesperson Charity Charamba not available, while her assistant Paul Nyathi was neither picking up calls from the Daily News on Sunday nor responding to cellphone messages.

Comments (19)

Bhasikiti, kana usiri kutibhaiza, uri mukono.

Bobby Sadza reZwiyo - 20 July 2015

if the police said the lady was from the system then it may mean they are not able to do anything about it. I think this must be a lesson to those who may be disowned in future that the system which once protected you yesterday may be your tormentor tomorrow.

misty - 20 July 2015

Honai zvinoita magwara anoti akaona vanhu varipedo naro rinofunga kuti panevanoda kuriuraya. Kuurayirei iro Basikiti risina chinhu? Vanhu vofambirepi nhai Basikiti? Vanga varimumb

chimbwido warvet - 20 July 2015

dailynews kanyaya kenyu kakadhakwa coz only you wanted to say munyaya iyi ndezvekuti dzamara was abducted by state agents . manje musatione kunge takapusa .

hokoyo - 20 July 2015

Basket is now suffering from schizophrenia. He needs some help.

Chamu - 20 July 2015

Take pictures of those cars and also follow them and find out who they are? You can contact an online publication to publish those pictures . These evil people they come from the ghetto and someone knows them . Although you can not do anything even if you uncover their identity but th t sm information ion will be used in future to prosecute them when Zimbabwe is free. Mhosva haiori . One day these guys will be prosecuted.

Dzasukwa - 20 July 2015

We shall see. Time will tell

Referee - 21 July 2015

Read Revelations 12: vs 7 to 12. The Devil was cast down to earth with a third of the Angels. They moved all over the world until in 1963 when almost 3\4 of them found home in Zimbabwe and hence the birth of Zanu. Zimbabwe we need to pray seriously to the real God who made both Heaven and Earth.

Referee - 21 July 2015

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Why some people are quick to dismiss Bhasikiti's story just shows how naive some of us are.Zimbabwe is now essentially a propaganda-driven state like China or North Korea;where any attempt to confront the status-quo is met with ruthless retribution.Only a fool would put this attempt to deal with Bhasikiti past our security apparatus.

Coltran Chimurenga - 21 July 2015


changara - 21 July 2015

None is above the law one day the truth shall be revealed check Gaddaf history.

mambo chigochamazizi - 21 July 2015

I have to ask why Cde. Bhasikiti is so surprised by what is going on and complaining about the fact that he is under constant surveillance when he was at one time very much part of the system and condoned such behaviour. Any genuine critic of the regime who attracts attention and gains support will by default be subjected to constant monitoring and other even more serious inconveniences. Bishop Pius Ncube, Itai Dzamara are all such victims - how many more examples do we need to see to realize that criticism in whatever form will not be tolerated?

Rev. Patterson Ncube - 21 July 2015

Mr Bhasikiti…. you won 2013 elections when some of us had long seen that these guys are dangerous, you never believed us. Jestina Mukoko was taken the same way you re going to be taken. U seemed to enjoy it then jet because you were eating in the gravy train. Taste your own medicine now. Mu Zanu haungobuda shamwari

ngwenayasvinura - 21 July 2015

Zanu PF cadres often get booted out of the party for the following reasons:- • Not praise singing loud enough. . . . . . • Failing to share their stockpile of loot with their greedy comrades. . . . . . • Economic sabotage of the party. . . . . . . • Defaming the party comrades. . . . . . . • Being too greedy. . . . . . . • For not insulting and abusing whites and westerners enough. . . . . . . When they get booted out they often blow the whistle about the evil conduct of their looting leaders and brothers.(this is a futile effort of vengeance against their comrades who booted him out).

Membathisi Mdladlana - 21 July 2015

Hapana chokwadi apa

Max - 22 July 2015

tichadzidza zvakawanda,the game of politics will never be easy

statesman - 23 July 2015

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