Activists name missing Zim activist's kidnappers - report

2016-10-16 16:08
Itai Dzamara. (Via Facebook)

Itai Dzamara. (Via Facebook)

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Harare – Zimbabwean human rights defenders and social movements have released names of at least five people who were suspected to have abducted journalist and activist Itai Dzamara. 

According to The Standard, human rights lawyer Kennedy Masiye posted the five names on his Facebook account. He also posted the registration number of the vehicle allegedly used by the abductors. 

"Police have this information but they have ignored, neglected or simply refused to investigate," Masiye wrote. 

See the Facebook post below.

This came a few days after Dzamara's brother Patson urged police commander Augustine Chihuri to prioritise the search of his abducted brother. 

Patson handed over to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) boss as well as the Home affairs minister Dr Ignatious Chombo.

He demanded that the police launch a thorough investigation into his missing brother's case.

"ZRP is touted as one of the most efficient and proficient police force in Africa but it has artificially failed to come up with even a single lead.

"Instead, it has resorted to presenting whitewashed and insincere reports regarding its purported investigations into Itai Dzamara's missing[investigation].  That is unacceptable, we must and we will get to the bottom of this," parts of the petition read. 

See the Petition below 

Patson pleaded with Chihuri to release or find his brother "dead or alive".

"… as the head of ZRP sworn to protect every citizen and uphold the constitution you should immediately issue a statement over Itai Dzamara’s disappearance.That as the head of ZRP you order state security agents to release Itai Dzamara immediately, dead or alive," Dzamara said. 

Itai has been missing since March 2015 after bravely staging lone protests calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down in central Harare's Africa Unity Square.

Mugabe has been in power since 1980, when the southern African nation attained its independence. 

Reports said that five men stormed a barbershop in Harare and accused him of stealing a cow before they bundled him into an unmarked white twin-cab bakkie.

  i Petitioned Chihuri Today Regarding Itai Dzamara 

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  patson dzamara  |  augustine chihuri  |  zimbabwe  |  abductions  |  southern africa

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