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Itai Dzamara’s wife living in fear

By Veneranda Langa

HARARE – Two young children — apparently looking for comfort — take turns to sit on the lap of their mother, Sheffra Dzamara who has now spent more than a month looking for her husband Itai Dzamara who was abducted by suspected State security agents on March 9.

Sheffra Dzamara (Picture courtesy of Patson Dzamara
Sheffra Dzamara (Picture courtesy of Patson Dzamara

The older of the two, a seven-year-old boy intermittently sucked his thumb as he gazed at the members from the MDC-T Assembly of Women who had brought groceries for the family at their house in Glen Norah on Friday.

The younger one, a three-year-old girl looked innocently as she sat on the lap of chairperson of the MDC-T Assembly of Women Lynette Karenyi while her mother narrated Dzamara’s ordeal at the hands of his abductors.

“Before my husband [Itai Dzamara] was abducted on March 9, we saw two very suspicious twin cab trucks continuously roving around the vicinity of our house on March 5,” Sheffra said.

“I only managed to record number plates of one of the vehicles, AAM 1732, but I could only see part of the number plates of the other vehicle, which were ABB 2.”

Dzamara’s wife said she noted that there were three men inside the vehicles.

She said the day he was abducted, Itai had gone for his usual hair cut at a barber shop near where they stayed not knowing that he was being hunted as an outspoken democracy activist.

“I was busy doing my chores when some people called me and said I should go to the barber shop because there was a problem. The people there narrated to me that the men in the twin cab had pretended that they were looking for a thief.

“The men then asked a child nearby to identify if the person having a haircut was Itai, and when the child answered in the affirmative, they then arrested my husband and bundled him into their vehicle,” She said.

Almost in tears, Sheffra said that was the last time she saw her husband.

She is now struggling to fend for their family as her husband was the sole breadwinner.
“This incident severely affects me as an unemployed woman who had been surviving through support from my husband who was a journalist,” she said.

“I am a mother of two very young children and one of them has not even started school. I do not even know how I can take care of the children now that their father has been abducted and they have a very long way to start and complete their education.”

Sheffra said her survival together with the two children to date had been very difficult, and it was through different well-wishers such as sympathetic neighbours and opposition political parties such as the MDC-T.

Dzamara’s wife said her husband’s family had been very supportive, both financially and emotionally at a time when she was heartbroken and did not know where to start.

“I have a very strong feeling in my heart that my husband is alive and that God is on his side and is taking care of him in the hands of his abductors. I keep praying for him, and several people have prayed with me for him,” she said.

Sheffra said it was very inhumane and unfair, as well as unlawful, to detain someone and deprive a family of a husband and father.

“If my husband is a thief – like what the abductors said when they took him – then the lawful thing to do is to take him to the courts where he will be tried and jailed if found guilty,” she said.

“At least as a family we will know where he is. I feel it would be better for me and the kids to visit him in jail as compared to not knowing his whereabouts. If he is innocent, they must release him because his family needs him.”

Sheffra said her son, who is currently in Grade Two, was now able to sense that there was something wrong and that his father was missing.

“The boy often says if his father were to come back he would run in happiness and hug him. The girl often asks when her dad will come back home with a packet of chips because he was a good father who used to bring goodies to the children after work,” she said.

Dzamara’s wife said she was now living in fear for her life as well after the abduction of her husband.

“I am very scared because I actually saw the men who were moving around and whom I strongly suspect abducted my husband. I am even scared to go visiting friends, and even to move around in the city centre, or to go shopping. I am no longer free and am not living a normal life due to fear,” she said.

One of Dzamara’s sisters who did not want to be identified fearing for her life, said the whole family was severely affected by the abduction and pleaded for the release of her brother.

“We miss him as a brother and appeal to those who abducted him to release him. If there is a crime that he committed, then they should take him to court as per the requirements of the law,” she said. Standard

  • Boswell

    God will punish the abductors in his own way.


    We received this information on the 22nd of March .

    Itai Dzamara was abducted on the orders of Savior Kasukuwere after he was perceived as a serious threat to Zanu Pf.Kasukuwere is running a parallel CIO unit,tasked with secretly eliminating all perceived threats to the rule of Robert Mugabe,including in Zanu Pf.The head of Counter intelligence,Walter Basopo confronted Kasukuwere about this some time back.

    Among those who kidnapped Itai Dzamara were Luke Chapinga and Floyd Kabadza.They demanded he renounce his activism in return he would receive $600 a month tax free and other benefits.Dzamara refused.They denied him food and water for days,electrocuting him on the private parts,he messed himself.They beat him up with whips and fists and still he refused their demands.In a faint voice he told them they were his brothers and that they should not be doing what they were doing to him as they also stood to benefit from the removal of Mugabe.He told them he was fighting for everyones future.

    They told him they only follow orders.Finally they took him to a bush near Norton.They tied his hands behind his back and forced him to kneel down.They shot him in the head.They had a drum with acid.His body was dissolved in acid just like what they did to Rashiwe Guzha.What was left over they covered with pitsand and cement.

    One of the guys is being haunted by Itai Dzamara’s innocent voice he told a trusted colleague who informed our link.We have been burdened to share this information with the public but it has to be done.Our link is very very reliable and well connected,we sincerely hope it is not true,but by now he should have been back with his family.They no longer have him and that is the sad truth.

    However there are African ways of getting justice like the family of Rashiwe Guzha and the Chokuda’s of Gokwe did.Itai Dzamara’s family must be assisted in traveling to Nigeria or Malawi to get African justice.Kasukuwere must see Itai Dzamara in broad daylight whilst noone else can see him.He must talk to him and hear his voice.His whole family must suffer African special justice,it is there and it is perfectly within moral right to dish it to those who get away with such henious crimes.Ngozi is one of the ways we can make these murderers pay.Those who can help,please help them.Every one involved in the Dzamara tragedy should suffer unbearable torture.They should be made to go insane,moving naked and speaking to themselves.Their families should suffer mysterious and inexplicable happenings.Top of that list should be the heartless Kasukuwere.



    • mr lee

      saka why musingaende pa site yacho kunoita ma rituals