Abducted Dzamara still not found

HARARE - Two weeks after pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara was abducted in broad daylight in the Harare high density suburb of Glen View, there is still no trace of him anywhere.

The Occupy Unity Square leader, Dzamara was abducted after visiting his barber on a Monday morning, leaving his wife Sheffra, two small children and family distraught and anxious about his health and welfare.

Dzamara’s lawyer, Alec Muchadehama told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that there were no leads yet on the missing journalist.

“We have not yet heard anything from the police and there has not been anything tangible to lead us,” the well-known human rights lawyer said.

Opposition parties and human rights organisations have blamed the government and Zanu PF for Dzamara’s disappearance, with government being recently compelled by the High Court to find him.

The United States’ State Department also been cranking up the pressure on the government, releasing an statement on Friday registering the fact that it was “deeply concerned” about Dzamara’s disapperance.

“The United States urges the Zimbabwean authorities to mobilise their full resources to locate Mr Dzamara and investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Dzamara’s disappearance.

“We remain deeply concerned by the disappearance,” State department spokesperson Jeff Rathke said in the statement.

“The United States stands with Mr Dzamara and the people of Zimbabwe in defending the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” Rathke added in his statement.

In the meantime, Dzamara’s family has been holding press conferences, appealing to whoever abducted him to bring him back.

Most of the international community, through the various local embassies, has also expressed its concern over  Dzamara’s disappearance, pointing out that it was necessary that he be found especially as Zimbabwe was attempting to re-engage with the West.

Dzamara last year staged a series of protests of demonstrations at Africa Unity Square, demanding that President Robert Mugabe steps down because of his alleged misrule.

Dzamara was also once hospitalised after being beaten severely by the police during one of his demonstrations.

 

Comments (7)

As a special request to all private media, they should have a countdown to the number of days, weeks and months since Itai Dzamara's disappearance. The countdown should be on the first page. Another gukurahundi against the people of Zimbabwe is going on. It is time the world should assist the people of Zimbabwe.

Nkosi Mambo - 23 March 2015

thats exactly what the guy(Dzamara) wanted ,PUBLICITY. i have never seen a man who likes publicity even under the worst of conditions, meaning to say , he doesnt even about the trauma he is causing to his wife and family. As far as i know, the man is ALIVE&WELL, in hiding and gaining far reaching political mileage.infact His wife should be arrested for contravening section 44 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, chapter 9:23 – making a police false report. and charged in terms of the above Act.

fire links - 23 March 2015

Funny how the American state department can comment on an idiotic black african comedian and yet they are shooting unarmed black teenagers in that country month out month in. Racist killing is rampant in uncle sam's land. the fact that they have openly supported Dzamara forces me to look for the bastard and finish him off now. Once he is burnt the American will forget about him because they never care for a black man's life.

reason - 23 March 2015

Reason you way of thinking is crooked and malice.You are just an incorrigible reactionary,bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

magg - 23 March 2015

Dzamara is hiding somewhere seeking attention as usual. But soon the whole debate will die down and will will appear with all manner of accusations against the government. This dzamara guy should find employment. he is an idiot!

godfrey gudo - 23 March 2015

Why should we lose sleep on this nonentity. He will lose steam at some stage and he will come back.

Ndugu - 23 March 2015

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