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Suspected CIO agents hound rights activist


CHINHOYI — Human rights activist David Hwangwa, who staged a one-man hunger strike at Africa Unity Square in Harare last week, says he is living in fear after receiving death threats from strangers.

He also claims he is being trailed by suspicious-looking men.

The 24-year-old Bachelor of Social Sciences degree graduate from Rhodes University (South Africa) staged the demonstration in protest over the decline in social services which include education, housing, electricity and water supply.

In an interview with NewsDay over the weekend, Hwangwa said: “I am now living in fear as I see the same car trailing me even when I use public transport. My fear comes from the fact they told me in no uncertain terms they would kill me if I continued with my peaceful demonstration.”

Hwangwa said after the Africa Unity Square demonstration, he was approached by officials who identified themselves as members of the Central Intelligence Organisation accusing him of working in cahoots with MDC-99 leader Job Sikhala.

Sikhala last month announced his party would hold a 65-day hunger strike to instigate an uprising that would oust President Robert Mugabe “the Egyptian style”.

Although Hwangwa dissociated himself from the MDC-99 president’s threat, the two were together in Chinhoyi a fortnight ago where they jointly announced the impending protests reminiscent of the North African rebellions that led to the ouster of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi and Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Sikhala’s Chitungwiza home was last week raided by police who were allegedly searching for “weapons”.

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