Dzamara's Kidnappers Will Be Brought To Book, Vows VP Mnangagwa

Emotions ran high in this weeks’ questions without notice session in Parliament on Wednesday when the issue of the kidnap of the pro-democracy activist and journalist, Itai Dzamara was raised.

MDC-T legislators were the most vocal as they demanded to know what happened to Dzamara, who is alleged to have been kidnapped. 

The legislators asked what the state is doing about the matter.

What is government doing in the disappearance of Dzamara who has been missing for the past three days?

Leader of business in the house, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa replied that the state is equally concerned with Dzamara’s whereabouts, adding that those responsible for his alleged kidnapping will be brought to book.

“Anybody in this country must account for a crime they commit. The concerns you have are the same concerns that we have,” said Mnangagwa.

Dzamara is alleged to have been kidnapped on Monday and police confirmed the incident, saying he was reported as missing by his wife.

Meanwhile, the United States embassy in Harare has issued a statement noting with grave concern the reports of the forced disappearance of civil society activist Itai Dzamara on March 9, 2015. The embassy stated its support Dzamara’s right to freedom of expression and to demonstrate peacefully.

It urged the relevant authorities to demonstrate their professionalism by fully investigating the circumstances surrounding Dzamara’s abduction.  The embassy said if Dzamara is being held in state custody, it is vital that his fundamental human rights and freedoms as guaranteed by Zimbabwe’s constitution be honored.