Gweru DJ claims death threats

BY BRENNA MATENDERE

POPULAR Gweru socialite and radio personality Blessing Nyanhete aka Dj Blesh has claimed receiving death threats from suspected State security agents after he criticised President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration over the deteriorating economy, while on air during a weekend show.

During a live breakfast show at Zi-Fm’s 98.4 Midlands radio station on Saturday, DJ Blesh openly bemoaned the country’s failing economy, saying ordinary citizens have been hard-hit by the escalating prices of basic food commodities.

DJ Blesh also slammed Mnangagwa’s administration for failing to arrest the galloping inflation that has seen the local currency free-fall against the United States dollar.

In an interview with NewsDay Life &Style, the Gweru-based socialite said unidentified people have been trailing him with an unmarked vehicle and on Monday they swooped on him while he was coming out of the radio station’s Gweru studios and threatened to abduct and kill him for the comments he made on air.

“Two big men, who were in an unregistered white Honda Fit made threats about my comments on radio, warning me that they will make me disappear. They said I have to watch what I say on radio and they drove away,” he said.

“The next day, I was shocked to meet them again in the low density suburb of Windsor Park with the same vehicle, with no number plates, and they threatened me again. My life is in danger and I have lost comfort and peace of mind.”

The popular DJ, who is set to travel to the United Kingdom for a show, has since reported the matter at Gweru Central Police Station and was recorded under RRB number 4160447.

Midlands provincial police spokesperson Inspector Joel Goko said investigations are underway to bring the culprits to book. No arrests have been made so far.

Early this year, former Midlands province-based leader of the Zanu PF-aligned band, Chimurenga IV, John Mutemeri, who ditched the ruling party to join the opposition MDC Alliance, received death threats from suspected State security agents after he announced his defection at the opposition’s rally in Mkoba, Gweru. He was later banned from entering Six Maint military barracks, where there is a restaurant and a sports bar.

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