Telecel boss and founder, James Makamba has revealed that he fled Zimbabwe after former President Robert Mugabe threatened to kill him after accusing him of having an affair with Mugabe’s wife, Grace.
Makamba remained in self-imposed exile for over 13 years.
He had fled Zimbabwe on the August 31, 2005, when he was supposed to appear in court on currency externalisation charges.
Through his lawyer Charles Chinyama, Makamba told magistrate Hosea Mujaya that he genuinely believed that his life was in danger.
Chinyama said, “your worship my client was under genuine belief that his life was in danger. It was not in danger of the body of his person, but could have been killed if he continued residing in the country. The person whom he (Makamba) suspected may harm him is none other than the former Head of State Robert Mugabe who suspected that he was dating his wife, Grace. That man was viewed as the law unto himself.”
Makamba has since been removed from remand with the State stating that it would proceed by way of summons if it decides so.- Newsday