Zim police say no new info on missing activist: Lawyers

2015-04-23 12:54
Itai Dzamara. (Facebook)

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Harare - Police in Zimbabwe claim they have no new information on the fate of missing activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted more than six weeks ago, rights lawyers said on Thursday.

Zimbabwe police insist in a report submitted to the high court in Harare that it they are "pursuing all possible avenues" in trying to find Dzamara, 35.

The police say "doors are open for any eventualities", the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said in a statement which is critical of what it sees as the force's failure to provide real details of their investigations so far.

Father-of-two Dzamara was abducted by six men from a barber's shop in Harare on March 9. The former journalist had been staging protests in Harare's Africa Unity Square calling on long-time leader President Robert Mugabe to step down.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) believes that Mugabe's government is behind his abduction. Dzamara was beaten by police in November 2014.

Assistant Commissioner Crispen Makedenge, who authored the latest police report on April 13, says police obtained no new information on Dzamara from Stephen Sibanda, who police identified as an informant in the case.

But ZLHR says opposition activist Sibanda is actually a complainant who says he too is being stalked by unidentified men.

Prominent Zimbabwe playwright Raisedon Baya said in a tweet on Thursday: "The question civil society should be asking with one voice every day till an answer is found is ‘Where is Itai Dzamara?’ What happened to him?"

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