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Police, CIO to Face Contempt of Court Charges Over Dzamara Reports

FILE: Occupy Africa Unity Square leaders Itai Dzamara (left) and Tichaona Danho (right) detained by police.

More than 60 people attended a prayer meeting Monday at Africa Unity Square for political activist Itai Dzamara, who was abducted by unknown assailants exactly eight months ago.

Charles Nyoni, a member of Dzamara’s Occupy Africa Unity Square movement, which is urging President Robert Mugabe to step down for allegedly failing to run Zimbabwe, told VOA Studio 7 the people that attended the prayer meeting expressed concern over lack of police action over his abduction.

Nyoni said they want the police, Central Intelligence Organization and other security agents to abide by a High Court order compelling them to make regular public reports on searching the activist.

Nyoni said they will take the matter to court Wednesday to seek charges of contempt of court against the state security agents.

He said, “What we are looking at is the police. They were ordered to give periodic reports after every two weeks to show exactly what they are doing and what they have so far gathered. They have done nothing ever since they were given orders by the court to do something about Dzamara’s whereabouts.

“So, now we are asking the courts to re-issue the order and maybe charge the police with contempt of court."

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Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was not available for comment as she was said to be attending a meeting.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba was not responding to calls made to his mobile phone.