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Hitmen hired to eliminate me – Chamisa

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By Nkosana Dlamini

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has accused the State of hiring some hitmen from outside the country to try and eliminate him and his opposition allies.

Addressing party supporters during the memorial of Gogo Chamisa, his late mother, in Gutu recently, Chamisa was adamant he will not be killed by the enemy.

He dismissed claims he stage-managed his shooting in Manicaland October this year.

“How do you dramatize shooting at your own car!” said the opposition leader.

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MDC Alliance claimed its leader had survived an assassination bid by unknown persons linked to the ruling Zanu PF party who shot at his Land Cruiser vehicle which was part of a convoy of MDC vehicles.

The dramatic incident was caught on a brief phone camera footage although it was not very clear to pick out how it really unfolded.

Chamisa was touring the province as part of his national mission to interface with party structures and stakeholders.

The opposition chief said those who shot at him believed they had killed him.

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He boasted about his suppleness to evade the danger.

“Ini zvangu ndzve (I deftly escaped the incident). I saw a bullet fly behind me,” he said.

Chamisa said he has been informed of a plot to eliminate him and other government critics.

“They are not yet done. They have hired people from outside the country to try and use to try eliminate people.

“You will not eliminate me my brother, you will not eliminate me. Touch not the one you are not supposed to touch.”

The alleged near-death incident, which followed another ambush by hordes of Zanu PF supporters who hurled stones at his convoy in Masvingo, has seen citizens sympathetic to his cause raise US$120 000 towards the purchase of a bullet proof car for him.

Chamisa, who poses the most realistic poll threat to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rule, is set for a gruelling 2023 election campaign period in the next few months.

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