Church service for missing rights activist Paul Chizuze

A memorial service for rights activist Paul Chizuze, who has been missing since 8th February, was to be held at the Christ the King church in Hillside, Bulawayo on Tuesday evening.

Paul Chizuze
Paul Chizuze

People were asked to bring candles to the church service, beginning at 6pm. Despite civil society organizations extensive efforts to determine his fate his whereabouts are still unknown since his disappearance 41 days ago. Many of his friends and family now fear the worst. Friends and colleagues launched a campaign on social media networking sites, Facebook and Twitter, to try and find out where he is.

Our Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme told us Chizuze was a very prominent rights activist who actively investigated and publicized human rights abuses, dating back to the Gukurahundi era.

‘The news of Chizuze’s disappearance has shocked many beyond belief. He was a dedicated and hardworking individual who gave his life for the promotion of human rights,’ Saungweme said.

Chizuze was last seen around 8pm on 8th February when he left his home, but what happened after this remains a mystery. Friends and family fear he may have been murdered, hijacked or abducted by parties unknown.

He was last seen driving a white twin cab Nissan Hardbody (registration ACJ 3446) which is also missing. Organizations led by the Christian group Churches in Bulawayo and the Solidarity Peace Trust have issued several appeals saying they fear Chizuze may have been ‘murdered.’

Chizuze was well known for his paralegal work with civic organizations like the Amani Trust. Over the last three decades, Paul has been either employed by, or active with, the Legal Resources Foundation, Amani Trust Matabeleland, The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, ZimRights, Churches in Bulawayo, CivNet, and Masakhaneni Trust. He also worked closely with Senator David Coltart, the Education Minister. SW Radio Africa

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