The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Septem­ber 20, 1991 — A 16-year-old Njube boy nar­rowly es­caped death at the week­end when he was ab­ducted by a gang of 10 peo­ple and was re­leased at the last mo­ment by the knife-wield­ing group be­cause one of them said the boy was too old for their pur­pose.

The boy was ab­ducted by four men who cor­nered him out­side MaMkhwananzi Beer Gar­den, only a few me­tres from his home, where he had been sent by his un­cle to buy ci­garettes.

A po­lice spokesman, In­spec­tor Abi­sa­iah Nyan­doro, con­firmed the in­ci­dent which took place on Satur­day night but de­clined to give fur­ther de­tails. He said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

The tired-look­ing boy told The Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day that four men ab­ducted him at the beer gar­den at 9PM and forced him into a Kombi. “They tied my hands to­gether and tied me to the car seat be­fore forc­ing my head down so that I could not see where we were go­ing.’’

He said he be­lieved the driver of the Kombi must have driven along Khami Road up to the So­lusi junc­tion and stopped just af­ter the junc­tion.

He was or­dered to get out of the car. An­other group of five men and a woman were wait­ing in an­other Kombi and a Mini Cooper.

“They took me out of the car in my naked state, as they had stripped me of all my clothes when we took off from the beer gar­den and made me stand in front of the Mini Cooper with its lights shin­ing on me,’’ he said.

“The woman, who spoke in Nde­bele but with an ac­cent, came to me and felt my breasts and touched my pri­vate parts. She then told the oth­ers that I was too old as she had re­quested for a boy aged 14 or un­der. One of them threw my clothes at me and said I could go.’’

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