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Zimbabwean journalist abducted, assaulted, but manages to escape

Obrian Rwafa, a news assignment editor with the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), was on December 13 abducted and severely assaulted by unknown assailants in Harare, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has reported.

Rwafa, who was admitted at a private hospital, reportedly suffered head injuries and bruises. He said three unidentified men who were driving a white vehicle approached him after he had just parked his vehicle at his Kuwadzana home. The assailants accused him of lying that things were "okay" in Zimbabwe and forced him into their vehicle. They drove along Bulawayo Road towards Norton, about 40 km west of Harare. He was quoted in the state-controlled national daily, the Herald, saying he wrestled with the driver and the vehicle veered off the road into a ditch. He managed to escape as the assailants concentrated on rescuing their vehicle from the ditch.

Rwafa then phoned his relatives, who picked him up some distance from where the vehicle veered off the road. A report has been made to the police.

On December 3, the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project and a former ZBC television newsreader, Jestina Mukoko, who is still missing, was abducted from her home in Norton by unknown assailants who sped off with her in a Mazda Familia vehicle.

Date posted: December 17, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 377