ONE of the leading officials in the Mavambo/Kusile project, Dumiso Dabengwa, has dismissed as unfounded rumours that have been circulating countrywide that he was kidnapped and attacked by unknown assailants leading to his hospitalisation at a private hospital.
In the last two weeks rumours had been rife that Dabengwa was kidnapped and stabbed by unknown assailants and that war veterans had invaded his Nyamandlovu farm as punishment for leaving Zanu PF to join the Simba Makoni camp.
Dabengwa left Zanu PF earlier this year to join independent presidential hopeful Simba Makoni just before the March 29 harmonsied elections campaign. His departure caused rifts within Zanu-PF as speculation mounted that more Zanu-PF officials would join him.
The Independent offices in the last two weeks have been flooded with calls from concerned Zimbabweans who wanted to know Dabengwa’s fate.
However, in a statement this week Dabengwa dismissed the rumours as false and said he was safe.
“During the last two weeks rumours have been circulating that I was kidnapped and beaten up by unknown people and finally landed at the intensive care unit at Mater Dei Hospital; also that my farm at Nyamandlovu had been raided by the so-called war veterans,” said Dabengwa.
“I wish to state that none of those events have happened. So far I am safe and let us hope that none of such rumours become a reality. I have been receiving an average of 50 calls a day and night from people on my well-being.”
Dabengwa said callers had even gone to the extent of going to Mater Dei Hospital to check on his condition.
“I would also like to thank members of the public within and outside the country who have shown great concern by phoning and some, to the extent of going to the hospital to check on my condition,” Dabengwa said.
The fears over Dabengwa’s life come at a time when the opposition has alleged that it has uncovered an assassination attempt against its leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
The opposition alleges that snipers from the army had been tasked to wipe out the entire MDC leadership leading to Tsvangirai delaying his return from South Africa where he ahs been since the March 29 elections.
Dabengwa is a former Zipra intelligence chief and was incarcerated by President Mugabe together with commander Lookout Masuku during the 1980s disturbances in the southern part of the country. – Staff Writer.