By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, May 30, 2016 – PATSON Dzamara, younger brother to missing pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara, has made startling claims he now knew of his older sibling’s whereabouts and has gone further to release a still image of a hooded character he claims was his brother.
At a press briefing that was attended by French ambassador to Zimbabwe Laurent Delahousse and axed Zanu PF youth activist Acie Lumumba, Dzamara insisted the state was responsible for the disappearance of the journalist-turned-anti Mugabe activist.
Itai was seized from a barbershop near his Glen Norah, Harare home March 9 last year and nothing has been heard of him ever since.
During the period, police were ordered by the courts to find the activist and to provide periodic details on their investigations.
The Zanu PF led government has tried to play down matters around his disappearance, insisting he was just but one of the many people who vanish without trace in the country.
However, Patson, who has led an intense media campaign to keep the issue of his brother’s disappearance on the national and international discourse, came back on Monday to claim he now had information around his brother’s disappearance.
“Incontestable evidence was availed to us and I dare Mr. (Robert) Mugabe and his surrogates to prove me wrong. They can’t, because this is the truth,” Dzamara said.
“I cannot at this juncture state my brother’s fate in the hands of these gangsters but I can categorically inform you that Itai Dzamara was abducted by the military intelligence under the direct instruction and supervision of Zanu PF.
“For choosing to speak out against their misrule and leadership failure they abducted Itai in broad day light.”
“They thought they would get away with this evil deed as usual but not this time around. They pressed a wrong button.”
Patson vowed to continue unveiling more details regarding what really transpired to the firebrand activist.
“No amount of threats shall cause me to cower from the truth. If I remain silent, I only validate their evil deeds,” he said.
“I don’t know about you, as for me, I am tired of their misrule premised on impunity. We can’t allow Mr. Mugabe’s Mafia to continue abusing us like this. This is abnormal and we are not going to normalise the abnormal.”
Dzamara said the family would not readily reveal the names of his brother’s captors. He said they could not tell if he was still alive.
He said they got information and the picture from people close to state intelligence.
The image shows an image of a hooded, bare footed person wearing a pair of trousers with hands tied to his back.
He claimed the image on the picture was “professionally” verified to be belonging to Dzamara.