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Angry Zimbabwe Activists to Camp at Africa Unity Square for 16 Days

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Occupy Africa Unity Square members

Activists drawn from the Zimbabwe Activists’ Alliance, Zimbabwe Women in Politics Alliance, Occupy Africa Unity Square Movement and members of the public have decided to camp at Africa Unity Square for 16 days and 16 nights as a way of highlighting the plight of struggling ordinary Zimbabweans.

Tendayi Lynnette Mudehwe, who is the coordinator of Zimbabwe Activists Alliance, said they chose to stay at the park in order to have that coincide with the day of the African Child, which is commemorated on June 16 every year.

Tendayi Lynnette Mudehwe
Tendayi Lynnette Mudehwe

"On 16 June we celebrate the Day of the African Child following the history of the South African Revolution, so we decided that on 1 June building up to 16 June activists in Zimbabwe must be highlighting issues they want the government to address," Mudehwe said.

In a related development, Doctor Patson Dzamara, young brother of abducted political activist Itai Dzamara, who this week released a photo said to be that of Itai in captivity, Wednesday finally met with a team of detectives from the Law and Order section led by Assistant Commissioner Crispen Makedenge and two operatives of the Central Intelligence Organization.

According to his attorney Charles Kwaramba, Doctor Dzamara, who was summoned to a local police station for questioning Tuesday but failed to turn up because of his lawyer’s tight schedule, told them that he was doing all he can to find Itai.

Patson Dzamara
Patson Dzamara

"When we got there the police made it clear that they were not interrogating Dzamara, they simply wanted to inquire from him the authenticity of the information he has," Kwaramba said.

Dzamara held a press conference where he showed reporters a photo the family is claiming is of the missing activist. Dzamara also revealed that they had information that Itai was abducted by members of the military intelligence, allegations the Zimbabwe National Army dismissed as false.

One of the photos in possession of the Dzamara family shows a masked person with hands tied to the back sitting in a dark place.

Kwaramba said they were told by the police that if the information is sufficient to create some leads they will take some action.