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Senator fears for his life

Marava claimed that he received the first threat in October 2011 from a person who did not reveal his name or the reason for threatening him.

According to a police report dated March 9, Marava received another call threatening him with death on February 15 while at his home in Chitungwiza prompting him to make a police report at Harare Central Police station.

The case was recorded under IR021366.Marava’s vehicle, a Mazda BT50, was also hit by a stone from a catapult while he was driving in his rural home of Zaka early this month.

In the report, Marava is said to have indicated that he suspected people within his party were behind the threats as there were some members who were eyeing his senatorial seat in the forthcoming elections.

The report further claimed that Marava indicated that there were deep divisions rocking the MDC-T.Although Marava confirmed making a police report over the threat, he denied ever mentioning that the MDC-T was rocked by internal squabbles.

“Yes, I received the death threats on the phone and I reported the case to the police whom I understand are still carrying out their investigations,” said Marava.

“I never mentioned anyone in my report and the names of the people behind the calls can only come out once police complete investigations.”

MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora also refuted claims of divisions within the party as highlighted in the police report.

“That Senator Marava received death threats over the phone should not be taken to mean there are divisions in the party,” said Mwonzora.

Police said investigations were still underway to establish the identity of the anonymous callers.

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