The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has responded to allegations that it was using the case of missing pro-democracy activist, Itai Dzamara, to score political points. In a statement, ZRP spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba denied allegations of hypocrisy saying that the police have been searching for Dzamara since 2015 when he was allegedly abducted at a barbershop. She said that the police had never stopped the search. Part of the statement reads,
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Police officers have never rested in conducting investigations. They followed so many leads, informers have given information. Police have followed different leads to ensure that they come to the conclusion on what actually transpired. But, as they do that, as police, we do not have access to the media all the time. Each time we are conducting investigations, we do not have an obligation, most of the time to go out to the media and say this is what we are doing.
Some of them are even undercover investigations and police have been doing that. There was an order sometime that, as police, we should also highlight in the media that this is what we are doing. So far, we have not concluded to establish what happened.
…we are still hopeful, that is why we reached out to people to ensure that maybe there is somebody there who has information, but who has not given us. So we are doing our best, it is not that we are simply covering up for something
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
Charity Angeline Charamba is a former Zimbabwean police officer and also former National Spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Republic Police a position she held until March 2019 when she joined the diplomatic career. She holds the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner in the police force. In... Read More About Charity Charamba