Itai Dzamara was abducted and went missing on the 9th of March 2015 and we are still oblivious of what happened or is happening to him. Today marks one hundred and sixty seven (168) days since his disappearance.I am however concerned and disturbed by the stance assumed by you as the Head of State and by yourGovernment. In terms of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which you swore to uphold, defend, obey andrespect, you have done little or nothing to observe Section 90 (2) (c) that mandates you to ensureprotection of the fundamental human rights and freedoms and the rule of law.To date, you, as the Head of State and your Government at large, have done little to assist us as a familyto at least come to a place of closure. In fact, your spokesperson Mr. George Charamba indicated that theissue of our missing family member is too small to bother you, a sentiment we felt was irresponsible,insensitive and unfortunate.Although Itai Dzamara openly opposed your Government and some of its policies, his security and rightto life remains a direct and unquestionable responsibility of your Government.
Ever since Itai Dzamara’s disappearance, a lot has transpired and various theories have been promulgated.However and in spite of that, I am of the view that by now some headway would have been made ifeveryone involved and concerned acted in good faith, especially the Government through the responsibleministry, the Ministry of Home Affairs. From the onset, there has been suspicion of the involvement of State Security agents in the abduction ofItai Dzamara and that position has not changed. As you might be aware, Sir, Itai Dzamara petitioned youto step down for failing to run the country well, according to him and since that day he had been receivingthreats on his life from the security agents and he was subjected to serious torture at the hands of theZimbabwe Republic Police and other private sources within your Zanu PF political party.That, together with various activities he engaged in as an activist within the provisions of the Constitutionpresented him as a marked man by the State Security system. He was beaten, arrested and received deaththreats by State Security agents several times even though his activities were well within hisConstitutional rights.As highlighted above, today marks 167 days since Itai Dzamara was abducted. A human being cannotdisappear just like that. Section 49 of the Constitution states that every person has the right to personalliberty, which includes the right not to be deprived of their liberty arbitrarily or without just cause.Furthermore, the Constitution grants Itai Dzamara the right to personal security and protects him from allforms of violence from public or private sources.I am thoroughly convinced, Sir, that with your assistance and that of your Government, in good faith, wecan make some headway on this matter.
I am hopeful that Itai Dzamara is still alive and he must be released from this unjustified andunconstitutional captivity.I hereby make the following demands:DEMAND1) That as the President of Zimbabwe sworn to protect every citizen, you should immediately issue astatement over Itai Dzamara’s disappearance.2) That as the Head of State and Government you order whoever is keeping Itai Dzamara in captivity torelease him immediately. 3) That as the Head of State and Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces make acommitment and public announcement that the State Security agents shall intensify their efforts inuncovering the mystery surrounding Itai Dzamara’s disappearance and making sure he is releasedimmediately.4) That as the President of Zimbabwe and a concerned leader ensure that your Government, through theresponsible ministry engages the Dzamara family and walk with us through this austere experience.
5) That your Government through the relevant ministry take the responsibility to engage the Dzamarafamily and the nation at large on this issue the same way it engaged whoever was concerned when Cecilthe Lion was killed. Itai Dzamara’s disappearance cannot be treated as not being important.
CONCLUSION My position is backed by many concerned Zimbabweans, who, like myself, await your response on thismatter.In the event that you choose to ignore my demand and request, I shall engage all progressiveZimbabweans within a week and protest in various ways against that in a civil, peaceful and resolutemanner as provided for within the Constitution. It defies logic and reason for my brother to disappear without a trace in a nation that is not at war andallow that to go unnoticed and unquestioned. Lastly, Sir, l beg of you to appreciate my legitimate demand and treat it with the urgency it deserves as aresponsible leader.Looking forward to your response.FaithfullyPatson Dzamara see more at www.newzimbabwevision.com
Photo-Itai Dzamara’s brother, ‘Patson’ and Itai Dzamara’s wife, ‘Sheffra’ submit the petition