Tsvangirai Visits Dzamara Crime Scene, Holds Govt Accountable for Abduction

Harare, March 23, 2015 – Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, on Monday paid a visit to the family of Itai Dzamara, the missing pro-democracy activist and freelance journalist where he encouraged the family to place faith in God in efforts to locate him.

Tsvangirai who was accompanied by his spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka met Dzamara’s brother, Patson, his mother, his wife Sheffra and his two young children at their Glenview high density suburb and stated that his MDC-T party empathises with the situation that they are currently grappling with of missing a loved family member.

The former Prime Minister whose party supporters have survived abductions by state security agents for lending their support to the former trade union leader while some have never returned urged the Dzamara family to continue placing their faith in God and narrated how he was abducted in almost similar circumstances and spent three weeks without anyone knowing of his whereabouts.

Tsvangirai held the government culpable and responsible for the “whole sordid saga” which has been condemned by local, regional and international human rights including western governments.

From Glenview, Tsvangirai later visited the barbershop in Glen Norah suburb where Dzamara was abducted and where his barber narrated how his captors abducted him in broad daylight.

Dzamara, an iconic figure in Zimbabwe’s pro-democracy movement went missing two weeks ago after he was abducted by some unidentified men, who were travelling in a white twin cab vehicle with a blurred registration number plate from a barber shop, where he was having a cut.

Since his disappearance, his mobile phone has been switched off and he has not had any contact with his wife and family.

The High Court has since ordered state security agents to mount a search for him and to report progress to Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the country’s leading legal defence group which has previously mounted legal challenges and searches that resulted in the release of other abductees such as Jestina Mukoko and freelance journalist Andrison Manyere in 2008 and 2009.

Last week’s Dzamara’s family defied the deployment of heavily armed police officers and held a moving prayer meeting in central Harare where friends, relatives and family members prayed for his safe return.

Dzamara together with his Occupy Africa Unity Square protestors have since last year been staging anti-government protests calling for President Robert Mugabe to step down from power for ruining the political and economic fortunes of the troubled southern African country