In November 1996 I went to Bindura, some 55 miles from Harare, to interview a 17 year old named Lloyd Karambakuwa, a student at the Hermann Gemeiner Secondary School, studying for his 0 levels.
This is what he told me:
At between 1:00 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. he woke up and because he knew it would be quiet at that hour, he decided to do some studying for his exams. Whilst thus engaged, he heard a clicking sound, not unlike a telephone dialling except there are no telephones in this area. It continued for some minutes, so Lloyd decided to check what it could be. He opened the front door and looked outside.
He could hear the sound coming from up the road and when he glanced in that direction, he witnessed something very strange.
He quickly went outside and hid behind a hedge to get a better view. He was able to observe a small figure, about 3' high, with a head like a rugby ball, dressed all in white overalls. On its back the creature had a small satchel, attached to which was an aerial with a flashing red light.
Lloyd was terrified. He told me he was asphyxiated with fear, and ran back into the house, jumped into bed and covered himself with his blankets. He slept fitfully for the rest of the night.
At 6:00 a.m. he went to look where the creature had walked and found several footprints which he could not identify and which he attributed to the creature. When he arrived at school he told his friends about seeing a ghost in the night, but one of his friends suggested that it was a UFO.
Lloyd is now under the impression that the creature is called a UFO.
Opposite Lloyd's house is a teaching center guarded at night by a security firm. My enquiries led me to one of their guards, a woman named Kumbadzai, who had been on duty at the center when she saw what she called a ghost. She was so disturbed by this event that she had found herself another job elsewhere.
Kumbadzai told me that she had heard clicking sounds and been frightened, had hidden behind a wall and seen a figure in white. It passed her twice, and the second time the figure had been covered in rainbow colors.