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‘Abducted’ activist Gift Ostallos Siziba now in police custody – lawyer

A Zimbabwe activist who was reported abducted during protests in Harare on Friday has been found in police custody, a human rights lawyer said.

Gift Ostallos Siziba, an activist working as the public relations officer at Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ)
Gift Ostallos Siziba, an activist working as the public relations officer at Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ)

Irene Petras of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said in a tweet: “@ZLHRLawyers managed 2 locate Ostallos Siziba who was reportedly abducted today. He is in police custody & being legally represented.”

Student leader Siziba was reportedly shoved into a silver car as opposition supporters who had tried to stage a march calling for electoral reforms were chased into the centre of Harare by police with teargas and water cannons.

Few Zimbabweans have forgotten activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted from a Harare barber shop in March 2015 after calling on longtime Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe to step down. Dzamara has not been seen since.

ZLHR said its lawyers were attending to a group of people arrested during Friday’s protest but did not give an exact figure.

In the last two months, protests have become a near-daily occurrence in this once-prosperous southern African country which has been under the iron grip of Mugabe since independence in 1980.

Evan Mawarire, the man who began the online protest #ThisFlag movement in April and helped many Zimbabweans rise up and confront the government tweeted from exile: “GOVT is breaking the law & harming citizens but we are resolute & United. Enough is enough.” News24

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