Zim police pick up Itai Dzamara's brother - again

2016-05-10 16:57
Itai Dzamara. (Facebook)

Itai Dzamara. (Facebook)

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Harare - The brother of missing Zimbabwe activist Itai Dzamara says Harare police briefly detained him on Monday, exactly 14 months after his sibling disappeared.

Author Patson Dzamara wrote on Facebook that he and some supporters had gathered in Africa Unity Square to commemorate Itai's abduction when police moved in, first taking him on foot to a police post and then driving him to the city’s main police station.

He was not formally arrested or charged with any crime. He believed the police's aim was simply to "make sure that we don't congregate again".

His lawyer Gift Mtisi confirmed the incident.

Journalist and activist Itai Dzamara had been leading an on-off one-man protest in the square when he was abducted from a barber's shop in a Harare township and driven off in an unmarked vehicle. 

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change and his family blamed agents of the government of President Robert Mugabe, who had been in power in Zimbabwe since 1980. Authorities said they had no part in his disappearance.

State security agents assaulted Patson Dzamara during Zimbabwe's independence day celebrations last month, when he tried to mount a protest in front of the VIP tent where Mugabe was sitting.

His protest coincided with another protest by those unhappy with the treatment of cancer patients in Zimbabwe. In both cases some protesters carried Zimbabwean flags, sparking speculation that it was linked to the #ThisFlag movement being led by a popular local pastor.

But Evan Mawarire, who is spearheading the movement, said in a Facebook post: "We have not YET called for a public gathering."

Read more on:    itai dzamara  |  patson dzamara  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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