Last Wednesday morning, Zimbabwe’s youngest MP, Takudzwa Ngadziore, locked his house and headed for the parliamentary buildings. But after driving a few kilometres, the 24-year-old noticed he was being surveilled.

In a country where state security agents are alleged to have brazenly abducted opposition members and human rights and pro-democracy activists, Ngadziore feared he was about to be kidnapped. So he abandoned his car and started a Facebook live broadcast to film everything. It seems to show him being pursued by a man armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, a class of weapon mostly in the hands of state security agents. After seven seconds, the video cuts — and Ngadziore disappears...

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