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Zimbabwe Church Leader Says Govt to Blame for Dzamara's Abduction

FILE: New Leader editor Itai Dzamara staging a sit-in in Harare's Africa Unity Square Tuesday, October 21, 2014. (Photo: By Frank Chikowore)

A minister of religion says Zimbabwe is not doing enough to find Occupy Africa Unity square leader, Itai Dzamara, who was allegedly abducted by unknown assailants more than three months ago.

Reverend Dr. Ray Motsi of the Baptist Church, who is also president of the Theological College of Zimbabwe, told VOA Studio 7 the disappearance of Dzamara is worrying.

He said most local people and the international community believe that secret state security agents of the Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) allegedly abducted Dzamara, whose organization is urging President Robert Mugabe to step down for failing to properly run the country.

Rev. Dr. Motsi said it is the duty of the government to protect all citizens as enshrined in the country’s new constitution adopted by the unity government formed in 2009, which disbanded in 2013 following national general polls won by Mr. Mugabe’s party.

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But Morris Ngwenya, a Zanu PF activist and political commentator, said such remarks are misleading.

There are several people like former state employee Rashiwe Guzha, paralegal activist Paul Chizuze and other Zimbabweans, who have disappeared without trace in the country.