Dzamara family slams police probe

HARARE - The family of missing human rights activist Itai Dzamara yesterday demanded to know his whereabouts following his disappearance exactly a year ago today.

Dzamara was getting a haircut at the local barbershop on March 9, last year when five unidentified men seized him, shoved him into an unmarked truck and sped off. He hasn’t been seen since.

High Court judge Clement Phiri yesterday gave the Dzamara family the green light to proceed with its planned peaceful march — banned by police — to mark one year since the activist’s disappearance.

Itai’s brother Patson told a news conference yesterday that the police has failed to come up with an explanation.

“Ever since this lurid act, we have never shirked from our position that we hold Zanu PF and State security agents responsible for Itai’s abduction,” he said.

“It remains a mystery although all the leads we have stumbled upon thus far point towards cementing our suspicions that this is the detestable work of Zanu PF with and through State security agents.”

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights successfully filed a habeas corpus application at the High Court ordering senior security officials “to do all things necessary to determine his whereabouts”.

High Court Justice David Mangota also directed a team of police detectives to work closely with Dzamara’s legal team to search for him.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is appealing for information on the whereabouts of Itai Peace Kadiki Dzamara, aged 35 years,” said a police statement issued with contact details.

Government insists it still has “no answers” for what happened, with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa telling ruling party officials: “Both the police and the CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) are all out to try and find out what happened. Every single citizen must be protected by the State.”

Said Patson: “The police claim to be looking for Itai and yet they dismally failed to come up with even a single lead.

“It’s not only pathetic but curious that they virtually failed to come up with a single explanation regarding Itai’s disappearance.

“For a police force that is touted as one of the most efficient in Africa to fail to come up with at least one explanation regarding his abduction leaves a lot of questions unanswered.”

Speaking at the same occasion, outspoken preacher Ancelimo Magaya, said; “It is now clear no one in this country no matter what office you occupy, nobody is safe.”

 

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"For a police force that is touted as one of the most efficient in Africa to fail to come up with at least one explanation regarding his abduction leaves a lot of questions unanswered.” A self created assignment

Mukanya - 10 March 2016

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