US calls for return of abducted Dzamara

HARARE - The United States mission in Harare this week voiced concern over the continued disappearance of pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara, and called on authorities to redouble efforts to find him.

Dzamara was abducted on March 9, by five men while he was at a barbers shop in Harare’s Glen View suburb.

The abductors are said to have accused him of stealing cattle before handcuffing him, forcing him into a white truck with concealed number plates and driving off. He has not been seen since.

Last Sunday, August 9, marked five months since the disappearance of Zimbabwean civil society activist.

Police say there have been no leads in the investigations so far, but critics say the lack of available public information on the investigation’s progress is disappointing and the US embassy in Harare is now demanding that Zimbabwe steps up its efforts to find Dzamara.

“The United States remains deeply concerned about Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts and wellbeing, and we are equally concerned by the apparent lack of progress by authorities in their investigation,” the US embassy said in a statement.

“We join the European Union in their calls to the Zimbabwean authorities to mobilise their resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr. Dzamara’s abduction, to accord Mr. Dzamara the full protection of his fundamental human rights and freedoms, and to ensure that those responsible for his abduction are brought to justice.”

The US embassy said it “places the protection of human rights at the center of our foreign policy.”

“The United States stands together with Mr. Dzamara and the people of Zimbabwe in supporting their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly,” the statement said.

“We call for Mr. Dzamara’s immediate and safe return to his family and friends.”

His family held a prayer vigil for him last Sunday in the Africa Unity Square where he has been arbitrarily arrested and severely beaten by both State security agents and members of the ruling Zanu PF party for his activism.

Dzamara, leader of the Occupy Africa Unity Square protest group, previously submitted a petition to President Robert Mugabe, calling on him to resign and pave way for fresh elections.

Comments (8)

we should stop fooling ourself that dzamara is still alive. wakatourawa ne this government yavamugabe. chemaai muchesese nekuti uyu ndiye wakatofa. even if he s still alive I would like to believe that his status is very bad that he can never be returned back unless vakatoita kuti apenge so he can never reveal the Mugabe evil deeds. ZANU PF YAVA MUGABE SHOULD JUST RESIGN. I HATE ZANU PF TO THE BORN

zimunya wasu - 13 August 2015

lol me too, to the born and back

John Madhiri - 13 August 2015

Compare the noise made about the death of Cecil the lion and Itai Dzamara but also the death of many others opposed to this regime? The Western media and those behind it clearly have a very warped and twisted agenda by paying scant attention to the gross abuse of human rights going on in Zimbabwe. How shallow and insensitive are these people who seem to know absolutely nothing and care even less about the huge human suffering going on here? On the other hand the killing of one lion received more international publicity compared to what the war in Afghanistan did. The West is sick, we just cannot and must not ever rely upon them anymore for anything because their gestures are mostly plastic. Let us also never forget that it was the former Jimmy Carter administration supported by their brother the British Conservative party who backed and sponsored the Mugabe regime, even awarding him honoury doctorates at some of their most prestigious institutions plus a Knighthood? Why most of us cannot see through their nonsense truly amazes me. Time to get real?

Spokes Mutoko - 14 August 2015

Spokes, whatever your dreaded enemies do [UK & USA] is/are meant to benefit there people not us. I love there democracy, respect for human rights, political maturity & patriotism. There are biggest donors to us, be it medical, hunger, war etc yet our all weather friends take everything from us, cry with us during our berievement but alas, offer no free aid.

EL-DODO - 14 August 2015

dzamara akaurawa zvakaoma zvenyika

gocoo - 15 August 2015

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