WASHINGTON D.C. —
A prayer meeting for missing activist Itai Dzamara will be held in Mandava Stadium in the Midlands on Saturday with the police having so far failed to locate him following a High Court order for them to find him.
One of the organizers of the Dzamara prayer meetings, Bishop Ancelimo Magaya, says they have decided to take the event to other provinces to raise awareness about the missing activist.
Magaya says after Midlands, the prayer meeting will head to Manicaland and Matabeleland next month.
Bishop Magaya says among those attending is MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, civil society organizations and others.
“This will allow us to make sure as many as possible Zimbabweans get to pray for Itai,” said Bishop Magaya.
The MDC-T said in a statement Itai’s abduction shows that the safety and security of the citizen remains under serious threat even though it is guaranteed in the new Constitution, which it blamed the Zanu PF government for refusing to implement.
The prayer meeting in the Midlands comes in the wake of a resolution at the people’s summit by civic groups in SADC that was held in Botswana last week, parallel to the summit by of Heads of State and government that Harare should find Dzamara.
After their meeting, the civics handed over their petition to the Heads of State demanding that pressure be exerted on the Zimbabwean government to investigate Itai’s whereabouts.
“Many MDC activists have been abducted and others killed while the State has always shown heavy handedness on innocent citizens, starting with the Gukurahundi massacres in the early 80s,” reads the MDC statement.