Sus­pected kid­nap vic­tim found

In what is sus­pected to be a kid­nap­ping at­tempt, a Dangamvura boy al­leges that he was or­dered to get into a car by un­known men on Mon­day night and forced into a mu­nic­i­pal con­crete square drain along Aero­drome Road a short dis­tance from the round­about.

The Manica Post - - Local News - Dor­cas Mhungu Post Cor­re­spon­dent

HIS plea for help was heard by peo­ple pass­ing by, early Tues­day morn­ing. Agnes Ma­harure who was one of the first peo­ple to see Cle­mence Mbavarira said he was ly­ing on the ground and shiv­er­ing prob­a­bly from the cold. Al­though Mbavarira is men­tally chal­lenged, and some peo­ple may dis­miss his kid­nap al­le­ga­tion be­cause of his men­tal state, what is baf­fling is how he could have put the cover of the drain which a sin­gle per­son can­not lift be­cause it is heavy.

“There is no way he could have gone in­side and put that heavy lid on. This is a clas­sic case of kid­nap­ping for mur­der at­tempt, said a wit­ness who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied who also told The Man­ica Post that when he went to see why peo­ple were gath­ered near the se­cu­rity wall of a house along Aero­drome Road, he saw Mbavarira still in­side the drain.

By the time The Man­ica Post ar­rived at the scene, Mbavarira had been taken out of the drain by peo­ple who heard his pleas for help. Both his knees were bruised.

There were po­lice of­fi­cers who had re­sponded to an alert made by peo­ple who had found Mbavarira stuck in the drain. Some of the res­i­dents were plead­ing with the po­lice to take him to the hospi­tal but the po­lice of­fi­cers said they were wait­ing for the truck to come.

Irate res­i­dents blamed the city coun­cil of pro­vid­ing fer­tile ground for evil minded peo­ple. “Look around you, the grass is tall and good cover for crim­i­nals, and this is the sta­tus quo every­where,” said one fuming res­i­dent. An el­derly woman who lives nearby ex­pressed con­cern about the safety of school chil­dren who use the path to and from home.

Mbavarira ex­plains his kid­nap­ping claims. In­set: the drain hole from which he was res­cued from

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