Dzamara pic horrifies Zim

HARARE - Zimbabweans reacted with a mixture of shock, horror and anger yesterday after a sickening picture believed to be of abducted journalist-turned-democracy activist Itai Dzamara, allegedly held in captivity by authorities, was released by his brother.

Patson Dzamara, a medical doctor and the younger brother of Itai, also told a media conference that was held in Harare earlier yesterday that he believed that the country’s feared military intelligence had been responsible for the missing social justice campaigner’s brazen abduction last year.

“Some individuals from within the evil establishment volunteered information regarding who abducted Itai Dzamara, why and where he was kept. The heinous act was executed by State security agents, in particular the military intelligence,” the emotional Patson said.

Repeated efforts by the Daily News to get comment on the claims from army spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Alphios Makotore drew a blank, with his colleagues in the directorate of public relations requesting written questions which had not been responded to at the time of going to press.

The picture, believed to be that of abducted pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara, was presented at a press conference by his brother Partson in Harare yesterday.

Patson, who has worked tirelessly to get to the bottom of his elder brother’s abduction and disappearance, said he was not yet at liberty to reveal more details about Itai’s whereabouts and whether the pro-democracy activist was dead or alive.

However, he told the dismayed gathered journalists that Itai was in Zimbabwe.

“Incontestable evidence was availed to us and I dare Mr Mugabe (President Robert Mugabe) and his surrogates to prove me wrong. They can’t, because this is the truth. They thought they would get away with this evil deed as usual, but not this time around. They pressed the wrong button.

“I cannot at this juncture state my brother’s fate in the hands of these gangsters but I can categorically inform you that Itai Dzamara was abducted by the military intelligence under the direct instruction and supervision of Zanu PF,” Patson said.

Contacted for comment, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo told the Daily News: “How can he (Patson) say the whole party is responsible? If he knows who did it, he should go to the police and make a formal report.”

Dzamara was abducted close to his Harare home on March 9 last year and has not been seen or heard from since, with civil society organisations, opposition parties and western powers demanding his release.

After his broad-daylight abduction in the high-density suburb of Glen View, Dzamara’s wife approached the High Court in a bid to force the police and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) to search for her husband.

During the hearing, both the police and CIO denied knowledge of his whereabouts, with authorities saying that investigations into the abduction had hit a dead end.

Still, Judge David Mangota ordered the police and CIO “to do all things necessary to determine his whereabouts”, including advertising the case in State media.

Mangota also said detectives should work with Dzamara’s lawyers “to search for him at all such places as may be within their jurisdiction” and periodically report their progress to the court.

Patson told journalists yesterday that the evidence that he and private investigators had and were consolidating had proved beyond reasonable doubt who was behind his brother’s 15-month disappearance.

This information had come from highly-placed sources in Zanu PF and the intelligence, he added.

Patson also revealed that while he was being assaulted for staging a one-man demonstration against Mugabe on Independence Day this year, thuggish police had also said to him that they would take him where his brother was.

But the picture that he released yesterday which he believed was that of Itai in captivity proved too much for many Zimbabweans, with others who have lost their loved ones to State-initiated thuggery calling on the region and the rest of the international community to intervene.

The released and harrowing picture showed a man, with his face covered in bandages, sitting with his hands tied on his back in a place with a black plastic background.

“The picture we have of Itai has been validated as authentic. He is covered in bandages because he may have been tortured and sustained injuries on his face. They are also covering his mouth so that he does not speak,” Patson said, adding that his own personal fight no longer revolved solely around Itai, but also ensuring that the entire country would be free from Zanu PF’s “heinous acts”.

He also savaged police for failing to come up with any leads on the matter, despite having managed to arrest, in no time, suspects who were linked to the alleged murder of Air Zimbabwe public relations executive Shingai Dhliwayo.

“The complete refusal to comment by key State officials, including (Mr Robert) Mugabe is curious. The few times key State officials have commented, they have trivialised the matter, uttering irresponsible statements such as that there was nothing unusual about Itai’s disappearance and that the president is too busy to comment on such a trivial matter,” Patson said.

Previously explaining his boss’ silence over the matter, Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba has said Dzamara was not deserving of the president’s attention.

“People go missing here and elsewhere in the world. I dismiss calls for the president to pronounce himself on the matter as pre-eminently political and thus not worthy of his attention.

“In our case, some skip the borders to go to foreign lands, others get caught up in mishaps and still others might just change location and withdraw from contacts. The fact of the missing persons need not indict sitting governments the way it is playing out here,” he said.

Charamba also suggested that Dzamara’s abduction and disappearance could have been staged by the opposition in a bid to revive its allegedly waning fortunes.

“It is clear to government that there is a vain hope to use the missing person for political parties to regain political foothold and mileage and in the case of foreign interests to put Zimbabwe back in the dock.

“It leaves government wondering whether or not the whole incident is not a politically calculated contrivance. Before long, investigations shall reveal,” Charamba said.

 

Comments (51)

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james - 31 May 2016

If Grace is a mother as many people in ZANU PF call her. With this picture of Dzamara true or falls she would shed tears not to anyone but before her husband and tell him to stop this evil. If Mrs Bonyongwe is a mother (the wife of Bonyongwe the CIO boss) is a mother she must not rest but shed tears in front of her husband and plead to let this poor guy Dzamara be released. If Mnangagwa has a wife or his wife Ancillar is a mother, seriously this must touch her heart. The picture must touch the heart of every woman who has a child, dead or alive. The picture must touch the heart even of a witch like Grace which we all know. Is there any other better way to describe a woman who literally sleeps with man knowing the wife of this man is dying in the hospital. If Bona is a true mother since she has recently given birth to her son, she must stand and talk to her dad. Zimbabwe should rise and stand up to MUGABE,

amina - 31 May 2016

This only happens in a dull country like Zimbabwe. In a normal country the Goblin would have been taken to a court of law, impeached or coup detad

Toonerera - 31 May 2016

If this is true where did he get the picture and how why not reporting to the authority .

tendy - 31 May 2016

This is how brutal and evil Mugabe's regime is, I think Mugabe is the most evil leader ever! Manje hapana chisingabudi pachena and hapana chisingaperi. Muchadura chete!! Somehow the whole truth will be known to the world and Itai will be free. Evil zanu gandangas!

misty - 31 May 2016

@tendy......please have a heart and please nyarawo, if you are not one of the people who abducted poor Itai then you are really evil, I don't think there's anyone who hasn't been touched by this. Hope they bring you back to your family alive despite the torture that I certainly know you suffered. ITAI IS A TRUE HERO IN MY EYES!!

misty - 31 May 2016

@tendy, I do not me to attack you, but what authority do you assume this should be reported? Uncle Bob is the highest authority in Zim and apparently he cant be bothered by such trivial issues. The police and denied knowing anything abt his whereabouts and even went to the extent of allegedly threatening to throw Partson wacho where his brother is. So i pray tell which authority do u suggest this be reported to. The Courts? They already know about this and as long as they are still controlled by the State nothing will be done. We need a Zimbabwe in which the Courts and the Reserve Bank are divorced from the State so that they can serve the people. Currently they serve the government, which serves itself...... and allas, no one is serving our people

CHRIS - 31 May 2016

power of words dont win the war because Robhi's war time friennd Musika said Robhi confessed to him point blank that you dont resign from politics. robhi knows that by resigning he would have thrown himself in to the gutters of avenging spirits, he has killed many.

sekuru Don Bosco - 31 May 2016

This is absolute nonsense, only idiots believe that picture is Itai Dzamara. It was deliberately covered so that these political "activists" cum conmen would get some few more dollars and mileage for a lost and useless cause. I am a bright Zimbabwean who would not take that nonsense as much as i may dislike the government . There are better things to worry about than this useless and dramatic case of criminals posing as grieved relatives and sympathizers of the "missing" imbecile. Like it or not but that is the plain truths and general conception of many true patriotic Zimbabweans. To the daily news there is nothing shocking about that covered theatrical image. Equally you are completely dumb to waste time on this useless article. Unless of cause your aim is to impress your idiotic readership.

Plaintruth - 31 May 2016

This is absolute nonsense, only idiots believe that picture is Itai Dzamara. It was deliberately covered so that these political "activists" cum conmen would get some few more dollars and mileage for a lost and useless cause. I am a bright Zimbabwean who would not take that nonsense as much as i may dislike the government . There are better things to worry about than this useless and dramatic case of criminals posing as grieved relatives and sympathizers of the "missing" imbecile. Like it or not but that is the plain truths and general conception of many true patriotic Zimbabweans. To the daily news there is nothing shocking about that covered theatrical image. Equally you are completely dumb to waste time on this useless article. Unless of cause your aim is to impress your idiotic readership.

Plaintruth - 31 May 2016

How authentic is the photo and its source? Hope someone is not playing with the family's emotions.

J - 31 May 2016

How authentic is the photo and its source? Hope someone is not playing with the family's emotions.

J - 31 May 2016

Plaintruth you are very sick indeed. You refer to the Daily News readership as idiotic when you are one of them. Self confessed idiot indeed

Mukanya - 31 May 2016

what a poor stage act REAL NONSENSE

Tengenenge - 31 May 2016

why lying to the people? thats not the young boy Dzamara. Attention seeking.

mwachewe unozivei - 31 May 2016

Plaintruth, how do you know it is stage managed? It seems, you know more about what really happened to Itai Dzamara, because for every Zimbabwean who is aggrieved about Dzamara's disappearance and anxious to know his fate, any piece of information would grow the anxiety. So then if you rubbish any iota of info, it is easier to conclude that you are privy to what happened to the activist.

ZimVendorisedNation - 31 May 2016

True or no true the culture of abductions is archaic and must be stopped

Ishe Nehoreka - 31 May 2016

Zimbabweans must learn to love one another, stop insulting or threatening one another because of diverse political or religious views. If we all speak with one voice against destructive evil, God will bless our good country. We love peace , intergrity, harmony and prosperity.

Viona Ngwena - 31 May 2016

Plain truth you are full of evil. Ask Jestina Mukoko how she suffered at the hands of abductors . You cant even feel for his two toddlers. Stupid Tengenenge, stupid evil idiots. Thing like a human being, not a vampire. Shame on you. I was also at war and was once abducted by Rhodhesians. I know how it feels. So shutup if you know nothing. Otherwise you will be judged harshly

Cde Nhamoinesu - 31 May 2016

Plaintruth dont insult our intelligence. Fuck you. How can you label us idiotic. Iwe you rejoice at the acts of abductors you are blood thirsty and full of satanism. You are the demon that has made the abductors of Mukoko and Dzamara demonic. One day the spirits of innocent Zimbabweans you abducted will avenge and consume you and your foolishness.

MANGOWE - 31 May 2016

I am yet to verify the photo but to call me idiotic is just way too much iwe plaintruth. I think you skull is rotten and your brain is now plain and exposed. No truth will ever come out of your unthinking head.

Tete Va Viola Ngwena - 31 May 2016

That image can be anyone, anything. I don't see anyone with a name there!

Observer - 31 May 2016

whether you try to criticise the video as genuine or not , all we are saying is respect human dignity, stop your abductions Mr Observer. Full stop

Cde Hasha - 31 May 2016

I wonder what crime he committed??? was it that bad

jomo - 31 May 2016

Why is this report by Patson coinciding with his desire to get Visa into UK? Suspicious? He may be fishing for donors funds using his brother issue. He wants to seek asylum in UK. Clever Patson?. If he cant reveal his source then its a fake story.

Political Observer - 31 May 2016

patson is not a medical doctor, correction mr editor

l - 31 May 2016

With zanu pf leadership struggles and power games raging on things are heating up at the shake shake house. It never rains but pours for the military intelligence after the recent botched, clandestine gushungo farm bomb plot, fiasco. Patson has put the MI on 2.2 situation, as no one knows what he might throw on table next. Its hook line and sinker. Information is power the highest bidder gets it. Return Dzamara in one piece please.

X-MAN IV - 1 June 2016

@Viona Ngwena - it's very difficult to love someone who is or who supports murderers, abductors etc because such people are terrorist or satanic at heart and obviously show no love. Why should they be loved?

Sagitarr - 1 June 2016

People like plaintruth or rather plainstupid are the reason why our beloved country is such a fearful place to live.They thrive on brutality and intimidation.Your mouth spits venom,your malicious words are totally devoid of any element of humanity.You have an evil heart.Why even wasting your time in defending something that is an open secret?You are a very sick person,in fact i have run short of words to describe you.May something worse than what happened to Itayi visits you.

Handeyi Tione! - 1 June 2016

@sagitarr- Yes it is very difficult to love someone who is perpetrating pain , murders etc. However, all I am saying is that if we are guided by the concept of love, then we will not have fear of abductions, murders or any other violence. Indeed my message is mainly directed to those who commit such heinous crimes in the guise of defending certain political parties or politicians. We will remain in the stoneage, or in the jungle, where there is survival of the fittest.

Viona Ngwena - 1 June 2016

Everyone wants to live without fear of abduction, fear of being beaten or hurt, fear of having his or her own house destroyed, fear of loosing a family member, fear of losing property, fear of being falsely jailed, and fear of not being given draught relief simply because you have divergent political views. We all deserve peace of mind irregardless of who we support.

Tete Va Viola Ngwena - 1 June 2016

@Political Observer- The issue is not to do with Patson going to UK , but with ongoing abductions in our country. Jestina Mukoko was once abducted and it was not to do with Patson Dzamara. All we are saying is that the culture of abductions is evil and must be stopped .

Linda UZ - 1 June 2016

The evil that a man does ,lives after them

k.p.marshie - 1 June 2016

Guys if you are intelligent as you claim zoom on that foto and tell the world how that person is breathing cause if they are bandages as you claim how is the nose well covered like a plaster showing all its ridges..... Think........ I rest my case..... let the idiots start shouting obscenities

View from the gazebo - 1 June 2016

@Zack Saber are yu there???

SaManyika Chaiye - 1 June 2016

Ma 1 panyika

XYZ - 1 June 2016

Vanhu ava moyo yavo yakaoma,whether the pic is true or false zvirikumboitirwe,Soilders,CIO,Police,Zanu,Mugage the list is endless ndinoti moyo yenyu yakaoma nerimwe ramazuva zvichakuonaiwo.AMEN

jonga kandimire - 1 June 2016

if he is Dzamara pls release hm

jangwa - 1 June 2016

Kungodaro henyu, if these things would happen to you or your close friend or your beloved family member then your understanding will be opened.

Independent - 1 June 2016

This image is fake from Itai's picture ane mapfeka that is he has a receeding hair line. The character on the image has full hairline well trimmed consistant with that of Pateson

Petros - 1 June 2016

how can some one have the guts to question the authenticity of the photos when every one shld qsn the disappearance itself.

edy - 2 June 2016

@edy we question the image because it's presented to us as being a truth, so we have the verify the authenticity of the 'truth' first. And seeing the image is fake, you really wonder if the disappearance is genuine.

Audrey - 2 June 2016

Its possible kuti ma face arikuda kungotsvaka political millage

baba1 - 3 June 2016

Its possible kuti ma face arikuda kungotsvaka political millage

baba1 - 3 June 2016

I think we lose sight of the fact that it does not matter if this is authentic or not. It is not disputable that there is a human being in that picture. And that the human being is bound and face covered. I challenge anyone to come out and say they think it is hoax. Given that there is someone bing held in that picture, doesn't it say something to have other human being sort of poo poo it. It does not matter if that is Itai, or another person in another country, it still should enrage all and sundry. Especially in Zimbabwe where this sort of thing happens quite too often and those perpetrators go home each night to their wives and children with a fake happy smile.

gudo - 4 June 2016

Mugabe is guilty of whatever happened to dzamara

Benito - 5 June 2016

if you can't beat them join them . even if it's true dzamara anotyirei kusviba magaro iye akateva mariva murutsva . or they say politics is dirty game . or Thomas mapfumo warned such idiots like the fearless dzamara in song JoJo chenjera kkkkkkkkk . so if next time you ask where is dzamara go back to mapfumos song . siyanai nazvo zvenyika izvi vanadzamara and look after your families or else unopondwa nekutaurisa zvisina maturo . vamugabe Mandela were prepared for staying in jail when the joined politics . vakomana nyika yedu yakauya neropa so protecting it neropa handioni paneproblem.

mwana wevhu - 6 June 2016

you are a witch, How could you say that. ponder about the importance of life. where were you before this life?, why are you here and where are you going after dead? look beyond and see mapenzi ezanu pf

chidembo - 6 June 2016

you are a witch, How could you say that. ponder about the importance of life. where were you before this life?, why are you here and where are you going after dead? look beyond and see mapenzi ezanu pf

chidembo - 6 June 2016

you are a witch, How could you say that. ponder about the importance of life. where were you before this life?, why are you here and where are you going after death? look beyond and see mapenzi ezanu pf

chidembo - 6 June 2016

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