Zimbabwe

Watch: Teary wife demands release of Zim activist

2015-03-12 14:26

Cape Town – The family of Zimbabwean political activist and journalist, Itai Dzamara, who was abducted in Harare on Monday, has pleaded with the state to release him.

In an interview with the SABC, Dzamara’s teary wife, Shefre said she wanted her husband back.

"I don’t know where he is. I don’t know what they are doing to him. I want them to release him unharmed, alive," Shefre said.

Dzamara's family maintained his disappearance was tied to his activism.

"We've never really ruled out the fact that it could be a personal issue but I'm sure everything would then tie into the political dimension," said Dzamara's brother Patson.

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Dzamara, 36, was abducted from a barber shop in Glenview as he was having a haircut.

Reports say five men stormed the barbershop and accused him of stealing a cow before bundled him into an unmarked white twin-cab bakkie.

Since his abduction, Dzamara's phone has been switched off and he has not had any contact with his family.

The opposition blames state security agents for his disappearance.

But, according to Voice of America, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday denied this, telling parliament that law enforcement agencies were searching for him.

State security agents in Zimbabwe have in the past abducted activists opposed to Mugabe's rule and later turned them over to the police, the report said, adding that some of the activists have alleged being tortured, claims that the government has denied.

Meanwhile the United States and the European Union have asked the government to investigate Dzamara’s disappearance

According to New Zimbabwe.com, the EU and US said in separate statements that they were concerned about Dzamara's abduction and disappearance.

"The US Embassy notes with grave concern the reports of the forced disappearance of civil society activist Itai Dzamara on March 9, 2015. We support Mr Dzamara’s right to freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully."

Demonstrators on Wednesday clashed with police as they marched to the Zimbabwean parliament to demand Dazmara’s release. Six police officers and an activist were injured during the clashes.

In December, Dzamara sustained injuries while police were repressing a protest rally that he had organised.

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