Zimbabwe Attacks E.U for Urging Mnangagwa Government to ‘Shed Light’ on Itai Dzamara’s Abduction
EU’s “shed light and serve justice” on human rights activist Mr Itai Dzamara’s disappearance exasparates Zimbabwe president Mnangagwa//CRIMSON TAZVINZWA
The Zimbabwe government has accused the European Union for being ‘undiplomatic’ and not using ‘agreed formal channels’ of communication in raising matters of ‘mutual interest’ such as the abduction and disappearance of Mr. Itai Dzamara five years ago.
Mr Mangwana the permanent secretary in Mnangagwa regime says it is ‘undiplomatic to suggest that the government of Zimbabwe does not intend to shed light’ on the disappearance of Itai Dzamara – journalist and human rights activist.
Itai Dzamara was a well-known critic of former president Robert Mugabe’s government. He publicly called for the then president Mugabe to resign for what he said was his failure to manage the country’s failing economy.
The EU twitter statement to Mnangangwa
“Five years after his abduction, Itai #Dzamara remains missing. We call on Govt to shed light on his fate & serve justice, and to tackle all human rights violations decisively, in line with #Zimbabwe‘s repeated commitment to human rights, freedoms & national healing. #EU4democracy”
He was abducted on 9 March 2015 by five unidentified men while he was at a barber shop in the Glen View suburb of Harare. On Saturday 7 March, before his abduction, he had addressed a rally in the capital Harare where he called for mass action to address the deteriorating economic conditions in Zimbabwe.
Witnesses say that his abductors handcuffed him and forced him into a white truck with concealed number plates before driving off.
Dzamara was well-known to the authorities and had previously been abducted, unlawfully detained and severely beaten by state security agents. Amnesty International believes he is a victim of enforced disappearance.
Zimbabwe has a long history of enforced disappearances of government critics and activists. In 2008, dozens of opposition and human rights activists were forcibly disappeared for weeks in a crackdown. The state repeatedly denied its involvement, but many activists were later found in state custody, while the fate and whereabouts of others remain unknown.
Dzamara’s family and the world, need to know that no stone is being left unturned in the pursuit of justice for Itai
Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa
In the statement the permanent secretary says the government of Zimbabwe has done all in its power to try and investigate the disappearance of Dzamara.
Mr Mangwana says the government has;
put in place a ‘task-force of skilled detectives’ to trace the whereabout of Dzamara
US$10 000 reward money for any information on Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts
9 reports have been submitted to the High Court as per the order
They are making regular public appeals
He also said that “no Zimbabwean should disappear without a trace and empathises with the Dzamara family for their loved one’s safe return.”