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Two Nkala accused flee

Staff Writer

TWO of the six people accused in the Cain Nkala murder case have fled the country following threats on their lives by state security agents over publication in a South African newspaper of their

ill-treatment in prison.

The two, Remember Moyo and Sazini Mpofu, who were prime suspects in the murder trial, fled the country three weeks ago.

Moyo and Mpofu were part of six suspects with Lobengula/Magwegwe MP, Fletcher Ncube, Army Zulu, Nicholas Masera and Khethani Sibanda, alleged to have murdered war veterans leader for Bulawayo, Nkala in November 2001.

The two, together with Khethani Sibanda, were detained for a long period while others were released on bail.

They were staying in a safe house in Bulawayo after they were acquitted by the High Court in August this year.

High Court judge Sandra Mungwira ruled that state evidence against the six was extracted under duress and was not admissible in a competent court of law.

MDC spokesperson for Bulawayo province, Victor Moyo, confirmed the two had fled the country after being stalked by unknown people following publication of a story of their ordeal in a South African paper.

“The two gave an interview a month ago to a South African newspaper outlining the terrible conditions and their ill-treatment while in prison. Since that day, they have been threatened and followed continuously by unknown people. Fearing for their safety, they fled the country,” Moyo said.

He said the two were initially warned by the South African reporter who wrote the story that there were people in South Africa who approached him seeking information on where the two stayed, their general movements and how they could be contacted.

“Things worsened after Moyo was approached by unknown people who interrogated him on their motives for giving the interview to the South African press. From then both Moyo and Mpofu were followed by suspicious people and cars were always parked outside the house where they stayed,” Moyo said.

Moyo and Mpofu, according to party sources, could be headed for the United States where they might seek political asylum.

The highly-dramatised Nkala case was used by the government to launch its anti-terror war that led to the burning of the MDC provincial office in Bulawayo and the arrest of many activists before the 2002 presidential election.

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