Dzamara ‘ghost’ haunts Mugabe

THE “ghost” of missing journalist-cum-human rights activist Itai Dzamara yesterday came back to haunt President Robert Mugabe’s government when hundreds of angry protesters threatened to storm Parliament Building to express their displeasure at State security agencies’ lack of urgency in investigating the matter.



Anti-riot police and protestors faced off for over 30 minutes as tension swelled, with the angry crowd demanding to enter the building, where the matter also generated heated debate as opposition MPs queried why Dzamara remained unaccounted for a year after his alleged abduction by suspected State security agents.

The toyi-toying placard-waving demonstrators brought business to a halt in the central business district as they approached the Zanu PF headquarters, State security offices at Chaminuka Building and Munhumutapa Building.

They sang songs castigating Mugabe’s continued rule, accusing him of totally failing to protect citizens’ rights.

The march, which lasted for over two hours, went uninterrupted from Africa Unity Square through downtown along Jason Moyo Avenue, Rotten Row, Samora Machel Avenue and into Sam Nujoma Street then back to Africa Unity Square, where demonstrators were later blocked from entering Parliament Building.

Main opposition MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe and Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy leader Temba Mliswa were among several civic leaders and activists who marched through the city centre in solidarity with Dzamara family members.

Tsvangirai said Mugabe was afraid of his own people, while accusing him of misrule and urging him to accept failure.

“Why should this regime resort to violence whenever the people of Zimbabwe want to express themselves? What are you afraid of? They are afraid of deprivation and the poverty that is now rampant that they caused. They are afraid of how they destroyed the economy and the levels of unemployment they caused,” Tsvangirai said.

“Why should a government be afraid of its own people? I say from now on, as we remember Itai’s disappearance, all we are calling for is to put closure to Itai’s case. We will demand from this government and we will hound this government for ever and ever until it releases Itai to us alive or dead.”

Several embassies, including Canada, the United States and the European Union, said more should be done to ensure Dzamara is accounted for.

In the National Assembly, Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa (MDC-T) asked for permission from the House to introduce a motion on Dzamara’s disappearance as a matter of public importance, but was ruled out of order by Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda.

However, Khupe brought back the issue and asked Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa to explain government efforts in finding him.

Mnangagwa said government was also concerned about Dzamara’s whereabouts.

8 Responses to Dzamara ‘ghost’ haunts Mugabe

  1. BaEbenezer March 10, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    The old dictator saw how Gaddafi was killed by angry Lybians so he was very scared of the uprising which Dzamara had started hence they had to make sure Itai disappears to kill the revolution.

  2. Chinoz March 10, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    Thumbs up to Mliswa, Tsvangirai and Khupe. But i think we need to put more pressure

  3. Mukanya March 10, 2016 at 9:31 am #

    Honestly how can State Security Agencies investigate themselves, for job well done, in, inner Zanu PF circles..


  4. Dzamara March 10, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Thanx to all the Zimbabweans who are brave enough to much with us.on behalf of Dzamara family.let’s unite against the hypocrisy

  5. gangera March 10, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    All the heros i know are dead heros

  6. March 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    dont say nonsense itai was a foolhard ….and gaddaffi was killed by westerns

  7. mama shamim March 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    Are u disappointed in love or u want to get back your ex lover who is either drifting apart or has moved on but you just can’t let go: ignite the romance! battling with bad luck ,family ,business problems, time to change the way life comes to you! yes its destiny but it can be twisted a little to get the best out of life! don’t give up yet, there is hope, looking for your dream job but the mission seems close to impossible: don’t give up come to me! is your life not pleasant and you wish you deserve better; then you do! is your marriage at the verge of breakdown ,is there a divorce in the pipeline? get the results that you wish it doesn’t have to be messy if you don’t want it that way and alternatively you can stop it immediately or fasten it and start over again to minimize the pain ,the choice is yours! court cases at whatev

  8. miles ANDERSON March 11, 2016 at 2:03 am #

    He’s gone! he was abducted by elements of the CIO and unless the people of Zimbabwe take the bull by the horns or rather the cockerel by the neck and forcibly remove all the rot that is government it’ll be like shouting in a wilderness where no one will hear and if they do they wont care.’ Chinja can only come when the people unite as one’.

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