Dzamara bags human rights award

HARARE - Missing human rights activist Itai Dzamara was voted the Overall Human Rights Defender of the Year during the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (Zimrights)’s annual awards ceremony held at a local hotel in Bulawayo on Friday.


Dzamara was allegedly abducted by suspected State agents in March this year and his whereabouts are not yet known.
Opposition political parties, civil society and individuals have to no avail pressured the government to take action on the activist’s disappearance.

On Friday, a sombre atmosphere engulfed the auditorium when Dzamara was announced the winner ahead of former deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe and Rashid Mahiya.
His brother Paddy Dzamara received the award which had a holiday voucher on Itai’s behalf.

“We are not giving up, we are still hopeful that those who abducted him will release him,” Paddy said.


“We are not wavering on that and we hold government responsible for Itai’s disappearance. We need to condemn that because if it happened to him then it can happen to you as well,” he said.

Harare West MP Jessie Majome was the toast of the day after she bagged two crucial awards. Majome won the People’s Choice award and was also voted the Outstanding Female Human Rights Defender of the Year.

In the People’s Choice award category, Majome was battling it out with Itai, David Coltart and Hope Sadza.

Khupe, who is also MDC’s vice president had her moment of glory when she scooped the Health Rights Activist of the Year award, due to her unwavering commitment in addressing issues to do with the cancer disease.

Terry Mutsvanga, who last year won the Male Journalist Human Rights Defender of the Year award through his touching documentary on people that were affected by floods in Chingwizi, Masvingo, scooped the same award this year.

Deputy chief justice Luke Malaba, who was the guest of honour at the event urged the government to prioritise human rights issues.

Comments (9)

the Dzamara family should take the award and give it to Mugabe so that he can hand it over to Dzamara since its Mugabe who knows where Dzamara is. This way wil put it clear that the family of Dzamara are not only speculating about this but are sure.

amina - 13 December 2015

If you read the history of Adolf Hitler you will see that he reached a point where he believed anything against him was not from God and he believed he was sent by God to protect Germany against the communist Jews . Families where destroyed and some where murdered before the very eyes of their loved ones. Hilter belived he was the Law even God says i have exalted my Word above my NAme in Psalms 138. Right now Zanu Pf and Mugabe believe they are the LAW and they believe they are in the Will of God , their sangomas around them tell them so .There are Prophets which told Mugabe his time is up but they had to relocate to South Africa when the CIO's where now after them always.Other Prophets are scared to tell Mugabe the truth or they are waiting for God's time i believe.

tongogara - 14 December 2015

I dont mean to be crass but, does being missing constitute an outstanding achievement. Even when he was around, what human rights dit Itai stand for? he merely (foolishly) wrote a letter to the president asking him to resign. In what way does this defend rights? he actually wanted to deprive President Mugabe his right to rule after winning the 2013 election. He also sought to deny the people of Zimbabwe their right to be led by a leader of their choice as expressed in their votes in 2013

Mdhara - 14 December 2015

@Mdhara learn to share with others the grade that you smoke, look now you are lost in one room.

X-MAN IV - 14 December 2015

Mugabe is a cruel despotic,chrastmatic leader who is power hungry vanhu kufa here coz of him his hands are fully of blood a murderer

tity - 14 December 2015

Mdara uringomwa. hauzvari and hauna moyo

toti - 14 December 2015

Mdara uri zungairwa chairo mugabe anotaura ega kuti haachadiwa nevanhu ndosaka achiriga maelections kana vana vake havatombomuvhoteri as ndo paunoookekwa uchirutsa kutaura

gumbo - 15 December 2015

None of you have answered the pertinent questions raised in my post. Please refrain from needless tongue lashing and provide facts.

Mdhara - 15 December 2015

Mdhara, going missing is he price Itai Dzamara payed for his work. First of all, that letter you refer to was Itai exercising his right to petition as enshrined in the Constitution. He and his supporters then followed it up by exercising their right to assemble, their right to protest and their right to free expression, also enshrined in the Constitution. According to the Constitution and to democratic principles, Mugabe should not have been able to run for election again. Even if he did, his rights were not infringed. Leadership is not a right. You don't get assigned leadership just because. Yet the rights of Itai Dzamara were severly infringed on the other hand. His right not to be arbitrarily detained, his right not to be unjustifiably beaten and tortured. Dzamara also stood for your electoral rights, since ZEC is not independent as required in the Constitution, which is another thing he fought for.

Gandanga - 16 December 2015

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