Family marks missing Dzamara's birthday

HARARE - While national attention was turned on Cecil the Lion, the family of missing activist, Itai Dzamara, quietly marked his birthday on Friday lighting candles as they still hope that one day their beloved one would return.

Dzamara, who led the “Occupy Africa Unity Square” campaign that aimed to pressure President Robert Mugabe to step down, disappeared five months ago and the police have failed to find any leads.

Despite the fact that Dzamara has been missing for five months now his family is still hopeful that the former journalist will return home to his wife and two children one day.

“Today (Friday) Itai Dzamara turns 36. Although I am happy to have shared the same womb with such a phenomenal man, today is not a happy day. His birthday is a stark reminder to us that he is not here for us to share this time as a family.

“However, we remember Itai today and we celebrate his life even though he is still in the hands of evil men and women. We have faith that God is watching over him and pray His will is to reunite us,” Partson Dzamara said.

On Friday Partson, along with his missing brother’s wife Sheffra and the couple’s two kids cut sorry figures in the Africa Unity Square as they lit candles to remember their hero.

Dzamara was reportedly abducted by five men who sped off with him in an unmarked truck on March 9, and before the abduction, the democracy activist made Africa Unity Square the centre of his campaigns.

“It has been a surreal five months during which we have had to carry on with life without knowing Itai’s whereabouts or his circumstances. The physical difficulties of his absence are dwarfed by the emotional pain of dealing with this gap in our lives.

“We had never imagined he would be taken from us for so long, but despite our heavy hearts, we cling to hope.

“Surely the righteousness of his cause and the strength of his spirit will lead to his return,” he said.

He called on the nation to keep on pushing and asking questions until Itai is found.

“As much as we as a family suffer from his absence more than anybody, we acknowledge that Itai’s disappearance has become a national issue.

“We call on Zimbabweans, the very same people my brother struggled on behalf of, to join us in our outrage and pain.

“We say ‘Let Itai Dzamara be returned to us’. And more than that, we say ‘Let this never happen again in our country.’ We continue to demand justice in the form of a no-holds-barred investigation that will locate and return Itai Dzamara.”

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