The newly elected MDC Alliance MP Job Sikhala abducted

The MDC Alliance’s Zengeza West MP Job Sikhala was seized by soldiers last night moments after he wrote on Facebook that soldiers were shooting outside.

Sikhala said he was with his “scared” family at his home in St Mary’s Chitungwiza.

“Gunshots at my house as I speak. Family scared but I’m reassuring them that I’m prepared to die and they should move on if those doing so decide to kill me,” Sikhala said in his final message.

Neighbours said he had been taken by soldiers, although we were not able to get a comment from the army.

A police spokesperson said the lawyer was not in their custody.

His colleagues expressed concern.

“If true (that he has been taken by soldiers), this is what the military did in 2008 when hundreds of MDC activists were abducted and assassinated. This is totally unacceptable,” Coltart said on Twitter.

The apparent abduction came just hours soldiers shot several MDC Alliance protesters in central Harare, killing at least four people including a woman who had just closed her small shop and was preparing to go home to escape the chaos.

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