By Sij Ncube
Bulawayo March 11, 2015 – Information Minister Jonathan Moyo says
MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai is better placed to update the nation on
the whereabouts of disappeared political activists and independent
journalist Itai Dzamara.
Dzamara was allegedly kidnapped and abducted while having a hair-cut
at a township in Harare on Monday afternoon by unknown assailants
driving a white Isuzu vehicle without number plates.
A campaign to free Dzamara has gone viral on social media network amid
fears he could turn-out dead as what happened in the run-up to the
2008 polls where a number of MDC-T activists were abducted and their
mutilated bodies were found in Goromonzi and other outskirts of
Addressing a press conference in Harare on Tuesday, Tsvangirai alleged
that Dzamara was abducted by state security agents working on orders
from Zanu PF, adding that the MDC-T feared for the worst.
“We hold the State culpable. We hold Zanu PF responsible. We demand a
full investigation and arrests of the culprits so that Zimbabweans can
live in the comfort that we have a government that cares and takes
seriously its responsibility to protect citizens,” Tsvangirai said. He
added that circumstances of Dzamara’s abduction were very familiar to
the MDC family, he said lost many cadres in similar circumstance.
Tonderai Ndira, Tichaona Chiminya, Beta Chokururama are among some of
the MDC-T cadres abducted and found murdered in 2008.
A number of civil society organisation officials, for example Jestina
Mukoko of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, were abducted the same year and
held incommunicado for nearly two months on trumped charges of
plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe’s government.
The MDC-T fears Zanu PF has resorted to its old tricks as the
administration battled a free-failing economy and internal strife
threatening to split the party.
But on Wednesday when quizzed by some of his followers on Twitter to
provide an update on the whereabouts of Dzamarai, Moyo said the best
person to do so was Tsvangirai.
“Please ask Morgan Tsvangirai. I have said I do not have any
information whatsoever about the matter and that’s my honest and final
“Only Morgan Tsvangirai has spoken like he knows what happened. He
should update those who want to know and assist the police.”
However, one of his followers Kelvin Mupungu retorted that by
referring question to Tsvangirai, it showed Moyo did not care about
the plight of the journalist who ironically falls under his ministry
As if taking a cue from his boss, Herald editor Caesar Zvayi had no
kinds words for his followers on Facebook asking him about the fate of
Dzamarai whose wife has official reported him missing to the police.
“I would rather account for all the 13 million Zimbabweans,” he said