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MLF leader fears for his life


Mthwakazi Liberation Front (MLF) economic advisor, Paul Siwela who is facing charges of treason says he is living in fear after suspicious men driving a Toyota Fortuner vehicle allegedly stormed his Bulawayo house in the early hours of Monday.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Mandlenkosi Moyo yesterday confirmed police received a report of the incident from Siwela and said police were investigating the intrusion.

“We confirm receiving a report from Paul Siwela and the matter is being looked into,” he said. “No arrest has been made as we are still investigating the matter.”

The MLF leader walked into NewsDay offices early this week claiming he feared for his life, since he was not able to identify the intruders or establish their motive.

“They parked their brown vehicle at my gate at around 3am and got into my yard, where they started wandering about for around 15 minutes engaging in activities which I do not know,” Siwela said.

“Judging by their movements they were up to something evil because nothing was stolen.
“We suspect they are security agents who wanted to plant something or take something they had planted already.”

Siwela said after their activities the men drove off in their car at high speed.

“At around 5am, we were out of the house but did not see anything as my yard is full of shrubs.
“Knowing that I no longer attend public political meetings maybe they thought the meetings are now being held at my house.

‘I am exposing this because maybe there is something which they want to achieve.

‘I don’t know how long this has been going on but obviously there is motive to this visit,” he said.
Siwela and party members, secretary general, John Gazi and deputy secretary for security, Charles Thomas are facing treason charges for allegedly distributing flyers urging the public and security forces to turn against the government.

They allegedly urged them to join Mthwakazi Republic, a state which they allegedly intend to establish after secession from the rest of the country.

They are out on $2 000 bail each and are expected back in court on December 5.

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