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Five years on – Where is Itai Dzamara?

Upenyu Chaota

He
is said to have been abducted by unknown assailants believed to be state
security agents on March 9, 2015 and since then no one has ever seen or heard
from him.
He
stood up to the brutal former President Robert Mugabe calling for his
resignation even when it was not fashionable to do so.
What
happened that day to Itai Dzamara remains a riddle, wrapped in mystery inside
an enigma. The family of Dzamara and his friends have all been left with more
questions than answers as the government has not done enough to find the
missing journalist cum political activist.
The
Mugabe regime denied having a hand in the abduction of Dzamara with some
government officials claiming that Dzamara was hiding somewhere enjoying his
life.
For
his wife and children, their hope is that the husband and father would one day
walk through the door.
For
the world, everyone is asking, Where is Dzamara? What happened to him? Is he
dead? Who is responsible? Will he ever be found?
Five
years on, the questions keep mounting and the hope of finding him keep fading.
When
President Mnangagwa took over from his predecessor Mugabe, he was pressured for
answers on the whereabouts of Dzamara and the country witnessed on the national
broadcaster an announcement from the police appealing to members of the public
for any information leading to the solving of the case.
That
was the only effort made under the ‘new dispensation’ and since then the case
has been filed in a very dark cabinet where it is gathering dust.
The
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said that the government has to come
clean and tell the country what happened to Dzamara because he is the citizen
of this country.
“Dzamara
deserves justice. He is the citizen of his country and we deserve to know what
happened to him.
“He
was abducted and the state denies involvement but we are alarmed with the level
of negligence on their part.
“They
have not committed enough resources into finding him and we wonder if this will
be the approach that will be taken if any countrymen goes missing,” said ZLHR
spokesperson Kumbirai Mafunda.
He
said that the government is responsible for taking care and guaranteeing the
safety of every Zimbabwean but it has failed to do so.
“We
should all feel safe in our country but if people just disappear to never be
found again it is very worrying. The government should move mountains to find
Dzamara so that this brings closure to the family and friends.
“He
had a family and they all want him to come home. He was the bread winner which
means his abduction spelled doom on them. The country deserves answers.
“If
the government had no hand in the disappearance then they have to prove it. No
person can just disappear like that,” said Mafunda.

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