Where is Dzamara?

THE moral test for any government is how it treats its weakest members, including those found dissenting from its expectations.
It is saddening to note that it is now a year since anti-President Robert Mugabe activist Itai Dzamara vanished from the face of the earth without a trace.

He was abducted by men who handcuffed him while at a barber’s shop in Glen View on March 9 last year.
Although there is a handsome reward for anyone who can find him, it appears the police and State security officials have failed.
The following questions are bound to be asked; Where is Itai? Who is safe from abduction?

We join the Dzamara family in these very painful and obviously trying times, for it is hard to live without closure on the whereabouts of those we love.

If someone knows where Itai is, please do the right thing and return him home to his young family. His two children need him, his wife expects him but for more than 360 days, expectation has turned into misery because Itai is nowhere to be found.
If there is anyone out there who is holding him, please send Itai back to his family.

Prior to his disappearance, Itai led a group of people calling on Mugabe to step down, he was never violent and his desire was to have his wishes recorded by the establishment, and while some might have a problem with his tactics there is no doubt that he had every right to demonstrate for freedom of expression is a right enshrined in our Constitution.

It is critical for us to remind the government to respect people’s rights as contained in the Bill of Rights — and the role of the government is to protect and not suffocate those of variant views.
It was somewhat sobering to hear Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday saying that government is equally worried about Dzamara’s whereabouts and we hope he was not being sarcastic but sincere.

We are also reminded of utterances from some in government, including Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba that people disappear everyday and that Dzamara’s case was nothing special.

And while we remember Dzamara, we would like to call on all stakeholders to desist from trying to profit from the disappearance of another human being.

Dzamara might have been a political activist but before that he was a Zimbabwean, a brother and a father with relatives in all the political parties.

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