Zim activist, cops injured

2015-03-11 22:09
President Robert Mugabe . (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

President Robert Mugabe . (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Six police officers and an activist were injured on Wednesday when demonstrators clashed with police after marching to the Zimbabwean parliament to demand the release of an anti-government campaigner, police said.

The opposition says state security agents have abducted Itai Dzamara, who went missing on Monday.

About 500 people participated in the rally, which ended with demonstrators throwing stones and police wielding batons, witnesses said.

Police said they were investigating the abduction of the former journalist, who has called on President Robert Mugabe to step down.

"Mr Itai Dzamara's wife reported that he was abducted by five male adults," police spokesperson Charity Charamba said.

"We are in no doubt as to the perpetrators of this abduction. We hold Mugabe and his regime responsible for this morbid and senseless act," opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said.

Noel Kututwa, a southern Africa deputy director for Amnesty International, called the abduction "deeply alarming."

Simon Khaya Moyo from Mugabe's Zanu-PF party said the government had nothing to do with Dzamara's disappearance.

"Who is Itai Dzamara? Zanu-PF has nothing to do with him, let alone a serious government like ours that has so many issues to deal with rather than to concentrate on one Dzamara," said Moyo.

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

Mugabe, 91, is the only leader Zimbabweans have known since independence from Britain in 1980.

Read more on:    itai dzamara  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.