via Bishop Magaya vows more Dzamara prayers – New Zimbabwe 09/11/2015
BISHOP Ancelimo Magaya, the chairperson of the Itai Dzamara Trust, says they are going to hold a series of prayer meetings at the Africa Unity Square in memory of the disappeared journalist-cum- human rights activist.
Dzamara was abducted by state security agents on 9 March in his Glen View home area.
Prior to his forced disappearance, Dzamara had been holding peaceful demonstrations in Africa Unity square, protesting against President Robert Mugabe’s “failed” administration.
In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Bishop Magaya said they will be holding such prayers regularly at the same place.
The bishop was speaking on the side-lines of a prayer meeting conducted by the trust to mark Dzamara’s 8th month of disappearance at the venue where the journalist used to demonstrate.
“We are demonstrating the fact that we are alive and we are alive to the fact that eight months ago Itai disappeared and his whereabouts remain unaccounted for.
“It is very saddening that this happened in a Zimbabwe whose government has failed to guarantee people’s security,” said bishop Magaya.
“So, what we are doing today is a beginning and also a continuation in another form and a version of an on-going public demonstration in prayer. It is also a condemnation of such wanton, ruthless display of power by those who think that they control people’s lives.”
“So, we are happy that we have successfully been able to conduct this prayer meeting today and this is going to be an on-going thing.”
The Monday Africa Unity Square payer was attended by Dzamara’s wife Sheffra, his brother Patson and former Hurungwe West legislator, Temba Mliswa.
Bishop Magaya was recently stopped by the police from conducting public prayer meetings in Zvishavane after successfully conducting some in Harare, and Chitungwiza.