The company at the center of several kidnappings, Impala Car Rental, was yesterday slapped with local community sanctions.
Impala, which has a long history of abductions in which over 10 vehicles are listed with the Zimbabwe Republic Police for kidnappings, recently got the Zimbabwe National Students Union leader Taku Ngadziore arrested as punishment for asking for the details of its client who hired the vehicle that participated in the abduction and torture of journalism student, Tawanda Muchehiwa earlier in July.
The abduction was captured on CCTV.
To date, the company has commented saying it cannot release the data because the client file was handed over to the police.
But there is a standing High Court order instructing that the company must release the said identity details. This development has cast doubt on the company’s sincerity and its commitment to social and legal responsibilities.
Yesterday, the company was slapped with sanctions as citizens comprising mainly young students declared as follows (video):
— ZimEye (@ZimEye) October 15, 2020
We are in charge.
You Impala you are in the business of abducting people and disobeying Court orders.
And we are here to send a message, the people you are abducted, such as Tawanda Muchehiwa, they are someone’s brother, they are someone’s sister.
So we are here to make a statement that you got him locked up so in that case we have also locked you up.
We are also in charge and we are giving you an ultimatum, if you continue coming here and enabling abductions in Zimbabwe, we are also making sure that you also stop operating.
So we are giving you an ultimatum. Number one- you should go and withdraw the charges against Takudzwa Ngadziore.
Number Two, you must obey the High Court Order and release the information of the people you are abducting, citizens of Zimbabwe, young people of Zimbabwe.
Today we have locked it, we in charge of the keys.
You locked Takudzwa Ngadziore in prison, we have also locked you inside there.
We as students, we are going to the schools and shut them down all, then they will have to release our commander now. If they don’t do that we are going to shut down all colleges and all universities.
The abductions are a crime against humanity, you may think you are clever but it happened in Rwanda, even in Germany. You the people who are in enabling, there will come a time that you will have to pay, but as of now we are going to make sure that as citizens we impose our own sanctions.
Here are the keys.
We have the keys the Impala, we are in charge.