via Dzamara enjoying life, says Zanu PF – New Zimbabwe 11/05/2015
THE disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara was staged by the opposition MDC-T party in a bid to drum up financial support from the West, a Zanu PF official has claimed.
“They (MDC-T) are holding him (Dzamara) somewhere safe eating sadza and matemba enjoying life,” Masvingo Zanu PF provincial chairman Paradzai Chakona told local journalists during belated World Press Freedom celebrations at the weekend.
Chakona said it was not a coincidence that Dzamara disappeared at the same time MDC-T president Morgan Tsvangirai was travelling to the United States.
Tsvangirai left for the US in March on a diplomatic offensive aimed at highlighting the deteriorating political and socio-economic situation in the country, the same month Dzamara was abducted.
The activist and his associates had been staging sit-ins at Harare’s Africa Unity Square calling for democratic reforms and demanding President Robert Mugabe’s resignation.
“Dzamara’s disappearance was staged managed,” said Chakona.
“Tsvangirai was going to America; there are certain events that have to take place before he gets there so that he can have an issue to report on when he is there.”
International advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday said the authorities appear to be doing nothing to find Dzamara.
However, Chakona defended the country’s security services.
“(The ZRP is) famous for solving the disappearance of its citizens compared to other countries in Africa as indicated by the keenness shown by the police who are doing everything in their power to find Dzamara,” he said.
The opposition MDC and critics of President Robert Mugabe’s government have blamed state security agents for Dzamara’s disappearance.