The family of missing pro-democracy activist Itai Dzamara have petitioned President Emmerson Mnangagwa to order an investigation into the events surrounding the aabduction of the missing activist and to order the people holding him to release immediately, dead or alive, if possible.
President of The Republic of Zimbabwe
His Excellency President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa
President’s Office, Munhumutapa Building
Samora Machel Avenue
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December 5, 2017
Dear President Mnangagwa
RE:PETITION OVER ITAI DZAMARA’S DISAPPEARANCE
Your Excellency Sir, My name is Patson Dzamara, Itai Dzamara’s young brother. I hereby present our family’s position regarding the disappearance of Itai Dzamara. Therefore, on behalf of my family and indeed many other concerned Zimbabweans, I further demand that the Government launches an urgent sincere investigation Into the matter and accounts for his disappearance.
Itai Dzamara was abducted and went missing on the 9th of March 2015. To date, we are still oblivious of what happened or is happening to him.
I am concerned and disturbed by the stance assumed by the former government to which you were a part of as Vice President and Minister of Justice. To date, nothing has been done to assist us as a family to at least come to a place of closure. Even though Itai Dzamara openly opposed the former government and some of its policies, his security and right to life remain a direct and unquestionable responsibility of the government.
Ever since Itai Dzamara’s disappearance a lot has transpired and various theories have been promulgated. However and In spite of that, we are of the view that by now some headway should have been made If everyone Involved and concerned acted in good faith, especially the government through the responsible ministries.
From the onset, our position regarding the Involvement of state security agents particularly the military Intelligence In the abduction of ital Namara has not changed. As you might be aware, Sir, Itai Dzarnara petitioned your predecessor, Mr Mugabe to step down for failing to run the country well. Unfortunately, since that day receiving threats on his life from security agents became the norm and he was subjected to serious torture at the hands of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and other private sources within your ZANU – PF political party.
That, together with various activities he engaged Is an activist within the provisions of the Constitution presented him as a marked man by the state security system.. was beaten, arrested and received death threats by state security agents several times even though his activities were well within his Constitutional rights.
we may not agree on many other things but we have to agree on this one thing – a human being cannot disappear just like that. Section 49 of the Constitution states that every person has the right to Personal liberty, which includes the right not to be deprived of their liberty arbitrarily or without just cause. Furthermore, the Constitution grants anyone, including!Lai Dzamara, the right to personal security and subsequently protects him from all forms of violence from public or private sources.
I am thoroughly convinced, Sir, that with your assistance and that of your government, in good faith, we can make some headway on this matter.
Itai Dzamara must be released to us, his family, dead or alive.
I hereby make the following demands:
1) That as the President of Zimbabwe sworn to protect every citizen you should Immediately Issue a statement over Itai Dzamara’s disappearance.
2) That as the Head of State and government you order whoever is keeping Itai Dzamara In captivity to release hirn immediately, dead or alive.
3) That as the Head of State and Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces make a commitment and public announcement that the state security agents shall intensify their efforts in uncovering the mystery surrounding to Dzamara’s disappearance and make sure he is released immediately, dead or alive.
4) That as the President of Zimbabwe and a concerned leader, you should ensure that your government, through the responsible ministries, engages the Dzamara family and walks with us through this austere experience. Itai Dzamara’s disappearance cannot be treated as not being important.
My position is backed by many concerned Zimbabweans, who, like myself, await your response on this matter. Indeed, the voice of the people is the voice of God and your government must hit the ground running over this matter.
In the event that you choose to ignore my demand and request, I shall engage all progressive Zimbabweans within a week and protest in various ways against that in a civil, peaceful and resolute manner as provided for within the Constitution.
It defies logic and reason for toy brother to disappear without a trace in a nation that is not at war and allow such a disappearance to go unnoticed and unquestioned.
Lastly, Sir, I beg of you to appreciate toy legitimate demand and treat it with the urgency it deserves as a responsible leader.
Looking forward to your response.
Speaker of Parliament
Mr Jacob Mudenda
Nelson Mandela Ave
Itai Dzamara is a Zimbabwean journalist and political activist known in Zimbabwe mostly for his Occupy Africa Unity Square campaign against the then government of former President Robert Mugabe. In October 2014, Dzamara hand-delivered petition to the President of Zimbabwe asking him to step down.... Read More About Itai Dzamara
Patson Dzamara was a political activist and motivational speaker. He was also the younger brother of Itai Dzamara the activist who went missing in 2015 after he was allegedly abducted by unknown people. In August 2020, it was revealed that Dzamara was ill after being... Read More About Patson Dzamara
Jacob Francis Mudenda is a Zimbabwean politician who is a member of the Zanu-PF party. He is the Speaker of Parliament after the 31st July 2018 elections in which his party, the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), led by Emmerson Mnangagwa, is... Read More About Jacob Mudenda