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South Africa-based Zimbabwean journalist Mkhululi Chimoio says he now lives in fear for his life after being inundated with threatening phone calls from strangers who accuse him of stage-managing Itai Dzamara’s abduction.

Chimoio, who is in his early 30s, was last week said to have predicted the abduction of the journalist turned pro-democracy activist, an allegation he denies.

“Since the Herald published that story of me knowing where Dzamara is, I have been getting death threats continuously,” Chimoio told NewZimbabwe.com from his South African base on Wednesday.

“The Herald is abusing my name. They are lying about the story of Itai Dzamara and now I am getting death threats through private numbers suggesting that me, Itai Dzamara, the (former Vice President Joice) Mujuru cabal and MDC people are sabotaging government and Zanu PF.

“The callers say they will even kill all my kids if I do not release Dzamara.”

Dzamara was seized from a barbershop close to his Harare home on March 9 and nothing has been heard of him since.

According to a police diary of investigations published by the state controlled daily last week, controversial Zanu PF activist Energy Mutodi had claimed Chimoio knew better about Dzamara’s whereabouts.

“I never even at any stage hinted or predicted that Dzamara will disappear. I am just reading that in press,” Chimoio said.

“I think if those threatening me need details on that, they should go to those who dragged my name into the issue to get some clarity.

“Just to put things straight, I am very apolitical and not aligned to any politician or any party.”

Chimoio was last year linked to Baba Jukwa, a faceless but famous Facebook character posing as a Zanu PF mole disgruntled by the goings-on in the ruling party. He still denies this to date.

But despite denying any links to Baba Jukwa, Chimoio has been subjected to traumatic ordeals which saw him ducking a gun shot by unknown assailants in 2013.

His horror did not end there as a smoke grenade was also placed in his car sometime in 2014.

But while lucky to survive the two ordeals, he did not dodge a physical attack by strangers who claimed they were Zanu PF supporters out to punish him for soiling the party’s image.

Chimoio links his troubles to “crude politicians taking advantage of my friendly personality”.

“It’s unfortunate people tend to believe everything they read in the press without looking into the issues deeply,” he said.

“It’s been long my name is abused while being quiet; I think it’s high time I put a stop to it.

“I am now living in fear and in hiding just because of these people taking advantage of my silence.

“I am just so exposed to an extent that even those whom I have written about in my stories can now start taking advantage of this situation.”

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