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Zimbabwe Opposition Official Says He Was Abducted And Beaten

Officials of the Movement for Democratic Change faction led by party founder Morgan Tsvangirai said the chairman of the Kuwadzana district of Harare spent Christmas in hospital after he was abducted and beaten by suspected state security agents.

Refias Masunda said he received phone calls December 23 from unknown parties and was eventually lured out of his home around midnight by a work associate who was with men he believed to be Central Intelligence Organization operatives.

Masunda said that when he stepped outside a gun was put to his neck and he was forced to get into a waiting truck in which he was blindfolded and taken away.

After a beating ordeal of more than four hours, Masunda said, his abductors dumped him without clothes along the Harare-Bulawayo road. A stranger helped him home and he was later admitted to the Baines Clinic where he remained until Wednesday.

Masunda told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that despite his ordeal he will not give up his role in the opposition party.

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