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Mnangagwa says govt working hard to find missing Itai Dzamara, family accuses VP of lying
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THE family of disappeared journalist- cum- activist, Itai Dzamara, said Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s claims that government is working hard to find the missing scribe are “blatant lies.”

According to the Dzamaras, on the few times they have enquired on progress on the investigations, they have been ignored and tortured. They said the police have virtually failed to come up with a “single lead”.

The family was responding to Mnangagwa’s presentation on the human rights situation before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), in Geneva Switzerland, on Wednesday.

“The government is concerned about citizens who disappear and in the case of Dzamara it is working with the Dzamara family as well as the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights,” Mnangagwa told the delegates at the Geneva meeting.

Patson Dzamara, however, said the only time the police pretend to act on the issue was when they were presented with a court order to update the family on their investigations.

“ZRP has failed to come up with a single lead and that has cemented their position of disbelief in their motives,” said Patson, who is brother to the missing journalist.

He added, “I have always registered that they know what happened to Itai Dzamara and they are not acting in good faith. The few times they have presented reports they (reports) were whitewashed and mere nonsense.

“This evil government, they have never assisted the family in any way despite the several times we have tried to engage them through petitions etc.”

Patson further said his interactions with the police including the former CID Law and Order department boss, Assistant Commissioner Makedenge, have proved that there was no sincerity on the ZRP’s part.

Itai was abducted in Harare’s Glen View suburb about 18 months ago after launching his ‘Occupy Africa Unity Square campaign calling on ‘failed ‘ President Robert Mugabe to resign. 





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