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Police relaunch Itai Dzamara search

By Staff Reporter

POLICE say they have relaunched their search for missing pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara (pictured left), who was abducted by suspected state security agents March 2015.

National police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba released a statement on Monday indicating the law enforcement agents have resumed their search for the journalist turned firebrand anti-Mugabe activist.

In their statement, police appealed for anyone who may know the whereabouts of Dzamara.

Police went on to give the activist’s national registration number as 48 – 084830 T 48.

They said on the day he disappeared, he left his house and “proceeded to Trust Deketeke’s barber shop at house number 10701 Glen View 7 in Harare for a haircut”.

While Dzamara was being shaved, it is alleged that three unknown men wearing black suits entered the barber shop and forcibly dragged him into a white Nissan Hardbody double cab vehicle.

The registration numbers were only captured as ABB 2…, with the last three digits not visible as the registration plate was partly folded.

In the vehicle, police say, there were two other unknown male adults and they drove away with Dzamara.

Patson Dzamara, brother to the missing activist, said Monday evening the new police action was a silly joke.

“I can’t believe this. 3 years later they are now ‘looking’ for Itai. Just received a recorded clip of ZBC main news. According to them, they are looking for Itai & they are appealing to the public for help. They are joking & we are never going to entertain their silly jokes,” said the younger Dzamara.

Since he disappeared, Dzamara’s family and civic groups have not relented in demanding his return.

Political parties likewise have also demanded the return, in whatever state, of Dzamara with People’s Rainbow Coalition Presidential candidate Joice Mujuru pledging to launch an enquiry into his disappearance during her first 100 days if voted as State President this year.

It is however the first time police have launched a search for Dzamara.

In 2015, police offered a reward of $10 000 to anyone with information on Dzamara’s whereabouts.

Patson, in his tweets, insisted police knew where his brother was.

“It’s diabolic for this government to ask the citizens through ZRP to assist with information regarding the whereabouts of my brother Itai. Never have I minced my words that they are responsible for Itai’s abduction & missing. They must just bring him back to us, dead or alive,” he said.


Gary Murambiwa
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