Madzianike`s lucky escape from captivity
Nicholas Madzianike is a ZANU PF Youth Chairman for Ward 6, Bumba District in the Manicaland District of Chimanimani.
On June 19, on his way from a party meeting in Mutare, Madzianike was attacked by known Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists who confiscated his mobile phone.
He was to be attacked again and abducted later that same night by unknown assailants.
The ZANU PF Party, sensing danger, then mobilised an 800 member strong search party which included volunteers and well-wishers.
The search party worked non-stop for seven days, scouring the whole Chimanimani region to no avail.
Sources close to investigations have shared with Tateguru Tv preliminary findings surrounding Madzianike`s disappearance and subsequent escape.
Prior to the much publicised June 19, 2022 abduction, Madzianike had a public altercation with two known Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) activists while on his way from Mutare for a Party political meeting.
The names of the CCC activists, who are now in police custody, will be withheld until an official police statement has been issued. This is to protect the integrity of ongoing investigations.
During the altercation, the two CCC activists then took away Madzianike’s mobile phone, which prompted Madzianike to make attempts to recover his phone the very same evening, which moves were spurned by the CCC activists.
People in the surrounding communities testify that Madzianike has no history of violence, be it political or civil, thus they are appalled as to why he had to be targeted for violence and abduction.
The follow-up to recover his phone yielded no results, but as if that was not enough, Madzianike was rewarded with a midnight visit by strange visitors who spoke a language that is way divorced from the native Ndau dialect.
At exactly 0200hrs, says Madzianike, he heard the sound of cow bells, which to him could mean that cattle rustlers had visited him and were driving his cattle away, or at least that his cattle could be on their way to the nearby fields.
His curiosity to find out why his cattle were out of their pens at such an odd hour drove him straight into the hands of an armed gang of three who immediately stuck cold revolver firearm into his head with strict instructions to keep quiet for his safety.
Immediately the story changed as they force marched him into the house with instructions to pack enough clothes for three days to which he complied.
The assailants then bundled him into the back of a Honda Fit vehicle where they continued to sandwich him up until they reached Wengezi, at which point they switched vehicles to a boxed truck.
He was thrown in the back of the boxed truck, still under the guard of the three abductors.
The truck then travelled for several hours in unknown direction. It was not until the truck caught fire that the gods of Madzianike came to intervene in a divine way.
Unbeknown to Madzianike, they were already in Mozambique, still heading towards unknown location.
Everyone aboard the boxed cargo truck was then summoned and forced to help put out the fire.
This, he later found out, was at Muninga, a Mozambican location about 100km from Chimanimani.
This marked the beginning of Madzianike’s long walk to freedom, back to Chimanimani. Need I say that he walked for 100km? Yes he did.
Everything else that happened in the firefighting melee points to the reason we have Madzianike back with his family today.
He took advantage of the confusion and desperation, and he escaped. Of course the escape was not without its risks as firearms were fired in his direction.
The long walk yielded Cashel Valley where a good Samaritan led him to the local police station where a report was made.
Coincidentally, and contrary to malicious reports in the New Zimbabwe.com online publication which claims that Madzianike had gone to his girlfriend, his wife is in the Maternity Waiting Ward at Cashel Valley where she is expecting their child.
Hundreds of Party supporters and community leadership gave him a hero’s welcome at Cashel Valley.
These included ZANU PF National Deputy Secretary for Security Cde Tendai Chirau.
*Is this foiled abduction part of a bigger, sinister plot?*
This whole episode dovetails with President Mnangagwa’s Heroes Acre message on June 21, 2022 at the burial of Major General (Rtd) Sydney Bhebe, following an orgy of violence in Nyatsime by supporters of the same CCC Party under the leadership of Job Sikhala.
Quoting the President, his message was warning communities to be always alert and carry of strangers within localities as most violent incidences are committed by people who come from other communities.
President Mnangagwa said;
“Keep your eyes and ears wide open. Do not allow outsiders (strangers), from outside your communities to come and disturb the peace and harmony in your areas. Violence jas no place in the Zimbabwe we are building.”
The President, in addition advised communities to be always vigilant and on the lookout for such destabilising and increasingly dangerous political parties and actors.
“I this call upon our communities throughout the country to be vigilant against these destabilising and hateful political parties,” said the President.
*Connecting the dots*
Recently, a founding member of the Movement for Democratic Alliance (MDC which is now CCC), Mr Gabriel Chaibva made sensational claims about the CCC having re-established an armed paramilitary wing within its ranks, which is recruiting and arming militias with a target of having trained 7000 bandits by 2023.
With funding coming from the National Endowment Fund, the European Union, the Norwegian Embassy, and channeled through NGO’s such as Crisis Coalition, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, credible sources reveal that the CCC party is actually training bandits in a neighbouring country, with support from a hostile foreign government.
The training ground could as well be in Mozambique.
It is suspected that the CCC hitman have targeted some ZANU PF Youthful leaders for voluntary recruitment or for forceful conscription for purposes of espionage to bolster their anti-state activities.