via Dzamara Trust engages Mnangagwa – NewZimbabwe 11/01/2016
THE Itai Dzamara Trust says it is engaging government through Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa, who is also the minister of justice, to “intensify” the search for the missing journalist and human rights activist.
In an interview on the side-lines of a media briefing in Harare, board chairperson Bishop Ancelimo Magaya said “we are taking it upon ourselves hear government’s plans on the missing Dzamara”.
“We are planning to meet with Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa in his capacity as the justice minister and engage with him over the continued disappearance of Itai Dzamara.
“These plans are at an advanced stage,” said Bishop Magaya.
Dzamara went missing in March last year after he was abducted by suspected state agents at a barber’s shop in his Glen View home suburb.
He had been staging series of public campaigns challenging President Robert Mugabe to step down.
Soon after his disappearance, Dzamara’s family, with the assistance the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, approached the High Court seeking an order compelling government to search and find the activist.
The order was granted but up to now Dzamara’s whereabouts remain unknown.
The church, civil society organisations and foreign embassies repeatedly issued statements reminding the state to search for the activist.
Bishop Magaya said more action than just issuing statements was needed for “government to bring back Dzamara”.
“Making public statements alone is not enough and we must be seen doing something at the same time we are also making these statements,” he said.