The Chief Executive Officer of Impala Car Rental Mr Thompson Dondo (48) has passed away after a short illness. A few months ago the company was dragged into scandal after one of its cars was used in the abduction of Tawanda Muchehiwa, a nephew of ZimLive editor Mduduzi Mathuthu.
A statement from the company said; “It is with great sadness that Impala Car Rental announces the passing on of its CEO, Thompson Kangamwirai Dondo. He succumbed to kidney failure in the early hours of the 2nd of January 2021. He is survived by his wife Matirasa Dondo, his three children Ruvarashe, Ngonidzaishe and Mudiwa. Funeral arrangements to be advised in due course.”
Muchehiwa, a trainee journalist was abducted by suspected security agents in Bulawayo’s central business district. CCTV footage revealed that the abductors used a vehicle hired from Impala. The abduction happened, a day before the foiled #31 July anti-corruption national protests.
Muchehiwa was held for three days at an unknown location and was subjected to gruesome torture before he was dumped close to his home after a High Court judge had ordered his release within 72 hours. The abductors demanded to know where ZimLive editor Mathuthu was.
Students activists led by ZINASU president Takudzwa Ngadziore staged peaceful demonstrations at Impala Car Rental offices in Harare demanding the company make public statements on how their vehicles were being used by suspected State security agents to abduct citizens.
On the 6th of October, Muchehiwa tweeted: “Impala Car Rental must release information from the tracker and names of people who hired the car used to abduct and torture me for three days! Is that too much to ask for? Why persecute ZINASU leader for demanding justice for me, if you have nothing to hide? #FreeTaku #FreeJoana”.
Dondo previously insisted that he would only hand over the information to the police, resisting social media calls to publicly release the information.