Citizens must not live in fear

HARARE - If the recent picture of missing activist Itai Dzamara is anything to go by, Zimbabweans have every reason to “drown” in fear.

While the State operatives have denied responsibility for the abduction of the missing activist, the country has been known of having individuals in the past that have disappeared without a trace.

Since Dzamara’s disappearance, his wife has approached the court demanding State officials, who she suspects abducted her husband to release him.

A court order was given, ordering the police and the Central Intelligence Organisation to assist in the search for the activist and give weekly updates to the court.

However, since the order was given, no news had been received on the activist’s whereabouts. This is despite the police offering $10 000 for anyone who knew his whereabouts.

The only news came this week, after Dzamara’s family produced a picture, which it claimed was that of the missing activist.

The picture shows a man in a sitting position, with his arms behind and wearing a hooded face-mask that only showed his eyes.

Many believe Dzamara was abducted by State agents because of his stance against President Robert Mugabe, in which he called for the nonagenarian leader’s resignation for misrule.

He led the Occupy Africa Unity Square campaign, which incensed the ruling government.

While we may not readily risk accepting the picture produced by the Dzamara family, claiming it to be that of the missing activist, whoever is with him must just release him.

It is quite traumatic for the wife and the children who have endured over a year without him in the house.

It is not proper that citizens just disappear without a trace, especially after they have expressed their democratic right to speak about the country’s ills.

It is everyone’s right as enshrined in the Constitution to challenge those in power when s/he feels they are not governing in the best way possible.

Such rights are important in any democratic society.

However, in Zimbabwe, citizens are drenched in fear due to such unaccounted for disappearances. The few brave ones are either beaten or disappear in the manner Dzamara went.

People are now afraid to exercise their democratic right to express their feelings, to associate with certain groups, worse still to criticise the regime.

Instead of enjoying State protection, the people are terrified of any contact with the system’s apparatus.

However, it is still our hope that Dzamara is safe and well wherever he is.

Comments (3)

They were not mega deals after all. That was fiction and mere propaganda. Fiction does not last long and now you know it was all hot air. Who in his or her right sense will invest billions in a country being ruled by a 92 years old great grandfather. Even if it is money won in a lottery, you will be at least a bit more careful.

Zvichapera - 3 June 2016

We need to embrace each otheras Zimbabweans. No need to frighten one another. no need to threaten to beat or kill one another, no need to burn each other's house, no need to make one of us disappear, no need to deny one food aid in the face of this draught simply because he or she dose not support your respective political party. Currently we hear and have seen some of these unfortunate incidence happening in rural areas mostly. Why? I believe those who faught for independance never wanted to attaina Zimbabwe like this. Please, every Zimbabwean, lets confront this evil animal that is among us. We need to be asshamed , a modern day Zimbabwe still living in the stoneage because of this archaic mentality. Let Zimbabweans speak freely, lesten to one another, maybe the person you are killing has fresh ideas which if adopted will benefit you , your family and your country too. Zimbabwe is too beautiful and does not need murderers and vampires. Love one another, Fear God, because the person you are killing was created in the image of God.

Viona Ngwena - 3 June 2016

sokomurehwa - 6 June 2016

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