EU says Dzamara case straining relations

The European Union has warned that the government’s reluctance to find human rights activist Itai Dzamara will have a “negative” bearing on its relations with Zimbabwe.


Dzamara is believed to have been abducted by state security agents two months ago for staging peaceful protests against President Robert Mugabe and his administration, demanding reforms and the ageing leader’s resignation.

Prior to his abduction, he was severely assaulted by the police and admitted at a Harare hospital. The High Court has ordered the state to search and find Dzamara but so far the government has shown indifference.

At the weekend, Zanu PF provincial chairman Paradzai Chakona told journalists in Masvingo that the abduction was stage managed by the MDC-T to coincide with party leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s trip to the USA.

“We will continue to watch progress on this case closely. Human Rights remain a pillar of all our bilateral relationships,” said the EU in a statement.

“We urge the Zimbabwean authorities to provide regular and thorough progress reports on their search for Mr Dzamara (as ordered by the High Court in March)”.

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