By Farai Sibanda
HARARE-Patson Dzamara the young brother of missing Zimbabwe human rights activist,
Itai Dzamara held one man demonstration Thursday in central Harare
demanding the release of his elder brother by President Robert
Mugabe’s government out of the belief that he was allegedly abducted by state security agents.
Dzamara,a journalist and a father of two was abducted by six men believed to be state
spy agents from a barber’s shop in Glenview suburb of Harare on March
9 and has not been since then.
Dzamara was leading his group the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement
staging protest at Africa Unity Square in central Harare daily calling
on longtime ruler Mugabe to step down. His abductors were travelling
in a white twin-cab with a “blurred” number plate.
However not to be outdone by his abducted missing elder brother,Patson descended at the
Africa Unity Square Thursday held protest demanding his brother’s
release. Patson who was distributing fliers wearing a t-shirt printed
with Itai’s face and also inscribed with a message “Itai Dzamara
Missing since March 09”.
“I was distributing fliers demanding the release of Itai and also
chatting with members of public about what my brother stood for, “said
Patson.Some of the fliers distributed by Patson were advising
Zimbabweans to attend this Sunday mass prayer for Itai Dzamara at
Zimbabwe grounds in Harare.
Zimbabwe main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) leader
Morgan Tsvangirai will be the main speaker at the event. Tsvangirai
recently said he believed that Mugabe’s government was behind
This week the European Union (EU)’s delegation to Zimbabwe said it was
deeply concerned about Dzamara welfare and our thoughts are with his
family three months after his abduction.
“The EU reiterates its call on the Government of Zimbabwe to take all
necessary measures to ascertain Dzamara’s whereabouts, safeguard his
wellbeing and accord him the full protection of the law, within its
overall responsibilities of ensuring the safety of all its citizens.
Furthermore, the EU calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to ensure that
those responsible for the abduction of Dzamara are brought to justice,
“read part of the EU statement.
In March the Zimbabwe High Court ordered state security ministers to
regularly report to Dzamara’s lawyers and family about the search for
Dzamara and the investigation into his disappearance, but nothing as
came out of it.
The missing activist was once beaten unconscious by police last
November during one of his Africa Unity Square protests. A human
rights lawyer who went to his aid was also assaulted