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Dr Patson Dzamara: Brother To The Missing Zimbabwean Journalist, Itai Dzamara Is Dead

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Dr Patson Dzamara has died, he died today after long battle with cancer.

Patson Dzamara who was a well-known as campaigner in repatriating his brother, journalist and activist Itai Dzamara, who has been dead since 2015.

Before his disappearance, Itai Dzamara was critical of the former president, the late President Robert Mugabe and the abuse by the authorities.

Mugabe’s regime at the time denied any involvement in Dzamara’s assassination and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration took office.

He wanted closure for his brother; Now we also want closure for his illness that led to his death . This is sad, God please don’t let evil reign up to such levels.

He was the brother of missing journalist and activist Itai Dzamara who led a pro-democracy movement called “Occupy Africa Unity Square” which demanded the resignation of then President Robert Gabriel Mugabe in March 2015. The movement inspired public demonstrations outside Zimbabwe’s legislative offices as well as the president’s offices. Dzamara wrote a letter to then Minister of Justice Emmerson Mnangagwa for the urgent investigation of his brother’s disappearance but allegedly received no response. Itai’s whereabouts are still unknown.

In 2016, Dzamara was arrested for his involvement in anti-bond notes protest. The bond notes were introduced by the Zimbabwean government in alleged efforts to alleviate bankruptcy faced by Zimbabwean Treasury. Civilians like Dzamara rejected the use of bond-notes as they eridacted the easily exchangeable US dollar. Dzamara was arrested with eight other protestors but allegedly singled out, blindfolded, beaten and taken away.

Dzamara’s death comes amidst continued civil unrest in Zimbabwe due to allegations of corruption and human rights violations. The arrest of journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and several others has admittedly put Mnangagwa’s leadership into question. Demonstrations linked with Chin’ono’s arrest have culminated in the mass arrests of civilians including famed author Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Political regulatory bodies such as the AU and SADC have failed to adequately respond. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently sent an envoy to meet with Mnangagwa but upon arrival, they failed to include the MDC and civil organisation groups in the meeting.

 

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