Pictures of missing Zim activist Itai Dzamara in captivity surface

2016-05-31 14:38
Itai Dzamara. (Facebook)

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Harare – Missing Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara's family has released pictures of the pro-democracy journalist in captivity.  

Dzamara, a father of two, was abducted by five men who stormed a barbershop in Glenview, Harare, while he was having a haircut in March 2015.

He had been staging protests in Harare's Africa Unity Square, calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down.

According to NewsDay, Itai's brother, Patson Dzamara told a media conference on Monday that the pictures of his brother in captivity were sent by sympathetic intelligence officials.

He further claimed that his missing brother was abducted by military intelligence officers who were instructed by some senior ruling Zanu-PF officials.

The images showed a person said to be Dzamara in captivity sitting on the floor with hands tied behind his back, while his head was draped in a bandage-like white cloth.

Patson challenged the ruling Zanu-PF government to prove his claims wrong.

He said that there was "incontestable evidence" that the state security apparatus was involved in his brother's disappearance. 

Patson lambasted the government's in-activeness in searching for his brother, saying that the state was not willing to search for his brother, although it had some of the most brilliant police officials who could locate him.

"The complete refusal by key state officials including, Mr [Robert] Mugabe himself is very curious. It is a curious position, [a] few times key state officials commented on this matter. They actually tried  to trivialise the matter, uttering irresponsible statements, such as that there is nothing unusually about Itai's disappearance and the president is too busy to attend to such a trivial matter," Patson said at the press briefing. 

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Itai Dzamara apparently under ZANU PF custody . This is evil pic.twitter.com/ekB11Oe8zC

— Egoistic Democrat™ (@King_Kevles_) May 30, 2016

Dzamara claimed today that this image is of his brother in captivity.  @263Chat @KalabashMedia @HealZim @ProfJNMoyo pic.twitter.com/xPm2G626lh

— TheZimbabweSentinel (@sentinelzim) May 30, 2016

Advice for Zimbabwe's opposition – Patson Dzamara https://t.co/Xg1W1vjdvk pic.twitter.com/FcnD6tdFFx

— Living Zimbabwe (@LivingZimbabwe) May 24, 2016

Watch the press conference briefing below :

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