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Pictures of pro-democracy activist Itai in captivity surface

31 May 2016, 18:15

Harare – Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara’s family has released pictures of the pro-democracy activist in captivity, reports said on Monday.  

Dzamara, a father of two, was abducted by five men who stormed a barbershop in Glenview, Harare, while he was having a haircut in March 2015.

He had been staging protests in Harare's Africa Unity Square, calling on President Robert Mugabe to step down.

According to NewsDay, author and academic Patson Dzamara told journalist that the pictures of his brother in captivity were sent by sympathetic intelligence officials.

He further claimed that his missing brother was abducted by military intelligence officers who were instructed by some senior ruling Zanu-PF officials.

The allegedly leaked images showed a person said to be Dzamara in captivity sitting on the floor with hands tied behind his back, while his head was draped in a bandage-like white cloth.

Patson further stated that they have been working behind the scene and have now established the identity of the people who abducted his brother more than a year ago.

“It’s quite unfortunate that the people we are looking up to as our leaders are not leaders (but) they are gangsters.

“We know who abducted him. We were given names of the people behind this, but I am not at liberty at this juncture to mention the names because we are still in the process of consolidating our information. We are not in a position to reveal where the photo was taken, but in under a week we will be giving more information,” Patson was quoted saying.

Meanwhile according to New Zimbabwe Patson challenged the ruling Zanu-PF government to prove his claims wrong.

“Incontestable evidence was availed to us and I dare Mr Mugabe and his surrogates to prove me wrong. They cannot, because this is the truth and I cannot at this juncture state my brother’s fate in the hands of these gangsters, “Patson was quoted saying.

ITAI's captive images

Itai Dzamara apparently under ZANU PF custody . This is evil pic.twitter.com/ekB11Oe8zC

— Egoistic Democrat™ (@King_Kevles_) May 30, 2016

Dzamara claimed today that this image is of his brother in captivity.  @263Chat @KalabashMedia @HealZim @ProfJNMoyo pic.twitter.com/xPm2G626lh

— TheZimbabweSentinel (@sentinelzim) May 30, 2016

Advice for Zimbabwe's opposition – Patson Dzamara https://t.co/Xg1W1vjdvk pic.twitter.com/FcnD6tdFFx

— Living Zimbabwe (@LivingZimbabwe) May 24, 2016

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- News 24


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