What is govt afraid of?

via What is govt afraid of? – The Zimbabwean 17 June 2015

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) last week played an active role in the cancellation of a prayer meeting for Itai Dzamara – the journalist turned political activist who was abducted on March 9 by suspected state security agents in broad daylight.

His whereabouts remain unknown to this day. The courts had okayed the meeting after an initial attempt by the police to bar the planned religious gathering. The major question is: What is government afraid of?

In a normal democracy, a prayer meeting such as the one that was scheduled in memory of Dzamara would have been authorised without any hassle. In fact, the issue of authorisation would not even have featured as citizens are supposed to enjoy the unquestioned right of assembly.

Jittery

However, what we saw was a jittery government that did all it could to thwart an otherwise bona fide meeting of like-hearted people who wished to express their grief and concern about an innocent citizen who disappeared under mysterious and disturbing circumstances.

All the police should have done, in keeping with its mandate of ensuring peace among and the security of citizens, was to deploy forces to ensure the prayer campaign went on well. The fact that it went ahead and stopped the prayer meeting shows that the Zanu (PF) government is trying to hide a lot. In the first instance, the police and other state security departments are not doing what the High Court ordered them to do in a judgement some time back. They have not shown evidence of seriously investigating the disappearance of Dzamara.

Reluctance to act

It would therefore appear as though they are afraid that any gathering relating to the disappearance would expose their ineptitude or reluctance to act on the abduction. But it cannot be the problem of the Dzamara family and sympathisers that the state is not doing its job. A well-meaning government with genuine security concerns for its people has nothing to fear.

This is not the first time we have seen the police and other security arms act in the manner they did regarding the Dzamara prayer meeting. In the past, they have stopped funeral vigils involving victims of political persecution. In fact, they have on some of the occasions gone ahead to hijack funerals as a pre-emptive measure.

This only happens in a militarised and undemocratic society. When it happened in the past, it was clear that the security agencies were unsettled by the fact that they had a hand in some of the deaths. Now that they are doing it again, it leaves us wondering whether that is an admission of their involvement in the Dzamara abduction.

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    Our government is no more but the big bully. They truly believe the tough man syndrome is the way to go. I for one would love to go man for man with any of their tough guys. If they are man enough.

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    Like many democratic peace loving citiens one remains with a suspicion that the state is the culprit here. The 1980s had similar unexplained disappearances in parts of the Midlands and Matabeleland. It is only that the media was disabled from reporting on these heinous acts by the regime. Fast forward to the 2000s. The disappearnces were many. Jestina Mukoko was brutalized under circumstances that are a carbon copy of what happened to Itai Dzamara. Only state agents drive unmarked motor vehicles. A private citizen would not go through the countless road blocks on our roads. The guilty are afraid. One day the truth will be revealed.

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    Woundedbafallo 6 years ago

    Vanotya kuti vanhu vanogona kutangira ipapo kuratidzira zvokutoibvisa hurumende yacho sekuita kwake iye dzamara wacho kana vakamuuraya mweya wake will drive us that way

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    Woundedbafallo 6 years ago

    Vanotya kuti vanhu vanogona kutangira ipapo kuratidzira zvokutoibvisa hurumende yacho sekuita kwake iye dzamara wacho kana vakamuuraya mweya wake will drive us that way mugabe achamama chete

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    they are afraid of the spirit of Itai Dzamara, which is speaking loudly for the people of zimbabwe.
    you may kill the body, but the spirit cannot be killed.