CSOs threaten Mugabe over Dzamara

HARARE - Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe are threatening to lobby for the dethronement of President Robert Mugabe from both his Africa Union and Sadc chairmanship posts unless government brings back “abducted” political activist Itai Dzamara.

In a statement issued last week, the 83-member organisation laid the blame for the disappearance of Dzamara, 36, on Mugabe’s government.

“If the government fails to bring Itai Dzamara back immediately, civil society will lobby Sadc and AU to remove President Robert Mugabe from chairing those institutions.”

“Civil society has every reason to think that the State is complacent with such abductions as shown by the abduction and disappearance of human rights defender, Jestina Mukoko, in December 2008 who was eventually brought to Matapi Police Station in Mbare after 21 days and her perpetrators never apprehended,” read the statement.

In their petition to government, the civil societies doubted assurances from the police and acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa, that the state was seized with locating the journalist-turned-political activist, who has been missing since Monday last week.

The CSOs said relevant authorities must arrest and prosecute those responsible for such actions to protect all Zimbabweans regardless of political persuasions.

Dzamara, an acrid critic of Mugabe, was abducted last week allegedly by five men driving an Isuzu vehicle in the high density suburb of Glen View.

He has been leading the Occupy Africa Unity Square campaign and has had brushed with the law in the past as he campaigned for 91-year-old Mugabe to step down citing the economic malaise among other government failures.

“We call upon the government to address the worsening socio-economic challenges in the country, of which such protest actions are a symptom, and ensure peace and stability instead of ruthlessly victimising activists who are dissenting and pointing out the government’s failure in uplifting people’s lives,” read the CSO statement.

Dzamara’s family, the international community, and opposition parties have been piling pressure on government to locate the political activist, and the High Court last week also ordered police to find him.

Those present when he was abducted by the unidentified men who were travelling in a white twin cab vehicle with a blurred registration number plate, say he was accused of stealing a beast.

Since his disappearance, his mobile phone has been switched off and he has not been in contact with his family and lawyers.

Comments (10)

Tonyararira kuzvika rinhi kufa tichipondwa kudai?

Moyo - 16 March 2015

"He who kidnaps a man and sells him or if he is found in his hands shall surely be put to death." Exodus 21:16 and 1 Timothy 1:10 tells us that kidnapping is considered lawlessness in God's eyes.

Righteous Justice - 16 March 2015

its known that whoever opposes mugabe is kidnapped and tortured. I think the CSO should immediately lobby because its the government which is known to do these things since 2000. The perpetrators have never been arrested.

frank - 16 March 2015

sure for how long at the various disappearances look at the his of disappearances in Uganda Amin era is it different for this misnorma look recently how can a guarded man disppear by burning beyond..... and the government keeps quite aaah ahhh hey in the struggle the same kurarama ne demo unofa nedemo

ndipei zano - 16 March 2015

But i remember those days Smith was ruling noone ever disappeared . We would be made aware that so and so was arrested . Rashiwe Guzha we cannot even trace her. We are informed they wanted her kidney again Patrick Nabanyama and others where are they now?.

kurenje - 17 March 2015

If a comedian stage manages his abduction, do you think even the churches worry about that, let alone serious heads of Governments.

reason - 17 March 2015

SADC and AU will not do anything because of obvious reasons...these abductions happen all over Africa. Dzamara is obviously in one of the many 'safe' houses or 'safe' farms that belong to the CIO!!! Or maybe he is incarcerated in the notorious Goromonzi torture base.

Garikayi - 17 March 2015

we all worry about the disappearance of any human being of any political affiliation. we will be worried if @reason's life is threatened. mombe chaidzo dzino chemana wani. our hearts and prayers are with dzamara and his family. we pray for his safe return to his home.

taurai - 17 March 2015

ana reason who cant reason moti an activist is a clown and then provide consiparacy theories as if takanganwa the Jestina Mukoko debacle eish I suppose thats how you reason

antireason - 18 March 2015

Munyori anozviti reason, handizivi kudzi akakwana here. Dai aine brain aizvibvunzawo kuti kana vanhu vakatanga ZPF 1963 vave kubatwa khaki achasara ndiani. I'm assuming kuti iZPF member.

Nathanjo Yomo - 18 March 2015

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