EU Parliament invites anti-Mugabe activist Dzamara

HARARE - The European Union Parliament has invited activist and anti-President Robert Mugabe protester Paston Dzamara to France, to present on civil movements and status of human rights in Zimbabwe this week.

The invitation comes amid rising concerns over escalating human rights violations in Zimbabwe, as police brutally attacked protesters in demonstrations against Mugabe’s continued misrule.

It is also on the back of Dzamara being blocked by Parliament of Zimbabwe security from peacefully protesting against the continued abduction of his brother, Itai — who has been missing for 18 months — and the socio-economic and political situation in the country.

“The presentation I will make to the EU Parliament has everything to do with offering a panoramic overview regarding what is happening in Zimbabwe with special emphasis being attached to the emergence of the citizens’ movement and its impact in Zimbabwe’s development,” Dzamara told the Daily News.

“Yes it’s inevitable ( to talk about Itai). We can’t talk about the citizens’ movement without talking about Itai Dzamara. He is the forerunner of the current citizens’ movement,” he said.

Dzamara — together with other pressure groups — has been protesting against Mugabe’s government, like Itai did until his abduction.

Moreover, he has been putting pressure on government to provide answers to the abduction of Itai, allegedly by State agents.

“I will never be silent until Itai is accounted for. I will never be silent until Zimbabwe is fixed,” read Dzamara’s placard as he conducted a one-man demonstration at Parliament.

Itai’s disappearance, since March last year, resulted in red flags being raised by the international community concerning respect of human rights in Zimbabwe.

He founded the #OccupyAfricaUnitySquare campaign that demands Mugabe’s immediate resignation.

This saw him being beaten and arrested by the police on several occasions, before he went missing.

Recently, Dzamara — together with other anti-Mugabe activists that include Sten Zvorwadza and exiled music star Thomas Mapfumo — were invited to the United Kingdom to mobilise Diasporans in bringing troubled Zimbabwe back in the international spotlight.

Comments (5)

Yes youngman go for it.Its a democracy tho its a wispered democracy.But dont yu forget to pinpoint yo real enermy, dont paint all gorvenment nor Zanu.Johnathan Moyo is the mantrix to this puzzle.He is the achitect,the professor of the G40.He plans all their games drty n pure.Ask The profesar,he knows all.

viola gwena - 24 October 2016

whoever took itai must wish he could reverse it. because by taking the boy he gave birth to partson and so many others. what is made of god you cannot honestly completely destroy. your efforts just do more damage

keith - 24 October 2016

Dzamara, make sure you present a note of protest to the Singapore and United Arab Emirates who continue to host the goblin for medical treatment and joy

Jongwerume - 24 October 2016

Our prayers are with you young man. Blessed are those who labour for righteousness, for heirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Jonso - 25 October 2016

@ Viola your views are very myopic and shallow. You are a dunderhead and tribalist . All ZANU and government is shit and responsible. You want Dzamara to lie now, he must tell it as it is. Your selective judgements and views have prompted a nefarious government and a monster of a President. Shona lothuvi pls be objective in your contributions. Fuseki Mani njalo!

MsunukaViola - 31 October 2016

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