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Siwela seeks police protection

Siwela, who faces treason charges, said he fears for his life, adding that he suspects that the security agents “wanted to plant something or to take something they had already planted in his yard” to incriminate him.

 

Bulawayo Police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo last week confirmed that Siwela had sought police protection.

 

“We are investigating the matter. No arrests have been made as yet,” said Moyo.

 

Siwela told journalists on Tuesday that the suspected state security agents that have been trailing him were driving a 4×4 Toyota Fortuner.

 

“These people have been following me for over a week now and their motive scares me. In the early hours of Monday, they parked their brown vehicle at my gate and got into my yard, where they started wandering about for around 15 minutes engaging in activities which I do not know,” said Siwela.

 

“We could not come out to confront them because of fear as they might even have shot us. Judging by their movements, they were up to something evil because nothing was stolen.

 

“I am exposing this because maybe there is something which they want to achieve. Knowing these people, there is obviously an intention to be accomplished by this visit.”

 

Siwela was released in July from Khami Maximum prison after spending almost three months in remand on treason charges for calling for a separate Matabeleland state.

He is out on US$2 000 bail with stringent reporting conditions.

 

Siwela’s MLF is leading calls for a separate Matabeleland state saying the province is being sidelined from national development programmes.

 

MLF, which was formed last year, says a separate Matabeleland state is necessary to put an end to the marginalisation of the region, which lags behind in development.

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