By Jessica Mundawarara|
The United States government has called on president Robert Mugabe’s administration to ensure the “immediate and safe return” of missing activist Itai Dzamara, abducted by suspected state agents on March 9.
The US said Thursday it was concerned about Dzamara’s whereabouts and wellbeing, a month after his “forced disppearance”.
“We reiterate our call to the Zimbabwean authorities to mobilize resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Dzamara’s abduction and to ensure the protection of his fundamental human rights and freedoms,” the US said.
Dzamara was kidnapped in Glen View 7, Harare, by five burly men who claimed to be state agents. He had previously been beaten into a coma by police, Zanu PF militia and members of Mugabe’s notoriously brutal secret police, the CIO.
Dzamara had gone to Mugabe’s heavily protected offices with a petition calling on the 91 year-old dictator to resign for failing to run the economy. He was planning mass protests when he was kidnapped.
The US defended Dzamara’s right to express himself.
“The United States stands together with Mr Dzamara and the people of Zimbabwe in supporting their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. We call for Mr Dzamara’s immediate and safe return to his family and friends,” said the US.
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