By Sithandekile Mhlanga
HARARE – Civic organizations and colleagues of activist and freelance journalist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted Monday last week by alleged state agents held a prayer meeting in Harare on Thursday evening.
They were expected to march in the city to highlight Dzamara’s plight before attending the prayer meeting. His brother Patson Dzamara thanked those who came:
“We gathered today and we prayed. Wow! Indeed God is faithful and indeed there are people who still have good hearts. Thank you to the approximately 100 people who heed our call to pray with us despite the heavy presence of riot police, nemiwo murimagamba. Thank you to Bishop Magaya for leading the prayers. Thank you to the likes of Douglas Mwonzora, Leader Cde Bvondo for coming. Itai shall be released, we believe.”
The family and colleagues of Dzamara, a leader of a movement called Occupy Africa Unity Square, which has openly called for President Robert Mugabe to step down, say his whereabouts are still unknown.
Although the government has denied any knowledge of Dzamara’s whereabouts, organizing secretary Abednico Bhebhe of the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai said his party believes only the state can locate the political activist.