Five years later, Bhebhe case opens

Pindai Dube


THE abduction case of opposition MDC MP Abednico Bhebhe by alleged Zanu PF supporters opened on Wednesday at the Bulawayo provincial magistrate’s court, five years after the incident was reported.

Giving evidence in court, Bhebhe, MP for

Nkayi, said he was abducted in 2001 at Nkayi business centre by 10 war veterans who included several Zanu PF supporters.

Bhebhe told the court that while he was refuelling his car at the business centre, two war veterans, identified only as Mhodi and Melusi Ncube, approached him holding a pickaxe and an axe respectively. He alleged the two knocked him down from behind and assaulted him until he was unconscious. He alleged they then abducted him and dragged him into the bush.

“When the two got to me they said in Ndebele: “Namhla sikutholile usujayele” (today we got you) and they knocked me down and started assaulting me while I was on the ground. I became unconscious and they abducted me and dragged me into the bush,” Bhebhe told the court.

He said when he regained consciousness he stood up and kicked one of the assailants from behind, snatched the axe from one of them before they ran way.

After his assailants had escaped, Bhebhe said he went to the highway and a “Good Samaritan” gave him a lift to Bulawayo where he reported the case at central police station before he was taken to United Bulawayo Hospitals for treatment.

However, most of the accused in the case failed to turn up for the hearing. Only Ncube, who denied the charges, appeared in court.

A police officer testified that when the MP made the report he was soaked in blood. The trial continues today with several witnesses expected to testify on Bhebhe’s behalf.

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