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Tsvangirai’s birthday spoiled by Journalist abduction

Press Statement From The MDC-T President 10 March 2015
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Dzamara has been at receiving end from state security agents for holding demonstrations calling for Mugabe to go
President Morgan Tsvangirai’s statement on the abduction of Itai Dzamara
The demon is back Harare, today is supposed to be my birthday and I never budgeted that on what was supposed to be my day of
joy, I could end up talking about a morbid abduction and disappearance of an innocent citizen.
As a party, we fear for the worst.

The callous abduction of Itai Dzamara has come as a complete shock to me, to the MDC and to Zimbabweans at large.Only yesterday, we heard he was abducted from a hair salon and driven away in an Isuzu vehicle by five unknown men. Late afternoon yesterday, I received a call from his wife, saying Dzamara had been abducted and the family could not find him.

To the MDC family, his abduction and disappearance comes as a shock because at our rally at Zimbabwe Grounds on
Saturday, he gave a solidarity speech in which he supported our call for action and protests against the deteriorating
situation in the country.We are in no doubt as to the perpetrators of this abduction.

We hold Mugabe and his regime responsible for this morbid and senseless act. The President, who is also
AU and SADC chair, cannot preside over a country where innocent citizens get abducted and disappear.
Only recently, the Vice President of the country was saying he was trained to shoot and kill. It is no wonder
that with such reckless and misguided talk from the top leadership of the country, an innocent Zimbabwean is
abducted in very suspicious circumstances.

We hold the State culpable. We hold Zanu PF responsible. We demand a full investigation and arrests of the
culprits so that Zimbabweans can live in the comfort that we have a government that cares and takes seriously
its responsibility to protect citizens.

The circumstances of Dzamara’s abduction are very familiar to the MDC family, which has lost many
cadres in similar circumstance. Tonderai Ndira, Tichaona Chiminya, Beta Chokururama and many others have been
abducted and in most cases found murdered. In 2008, many MDC activists were maimed, raped or murdered and seven
years later, no single arrest has been made in connection with the crimes.

Today, in an almost similar script, Dzamara is abducted in broad daylight and that is why we fear for the worst. We
thought this country had moved on and was past these barbaric and shameful acts. We thought we had moved to full
civilization but it appears the leopard has remained faithful to its spots.

This is a morbid message to Zimbabweans, to SADC, to Africa and the broader international community that the
demon is back; that violence remains very much part of our political culture.We all know that Dzamara has been leading
public but constitutional protests against the government, for which he has previously been brutally attacked by
State security agents.

For us, there is no wonder as to the identity of the people behind his abduction and
disappearance.Zimbabweans should join us in demanding that the truth be revealed about what has happened to this
innocent man.

We in the MDC demand nothing short of a full investigation and the immediate arrest of the perpetrators of
this barbaric act.

-MDC Zimbabwe

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