US pesters Zim govt on Dzamara’s whereabouts

Friday, 10 March 2017  Radio Dialogue

BULAWAYO - The US Embassy has urged Zimbabwean government to carry extensive investigations on Itai Dzamara’s abduction and hold accountable those responsible for his disappearance.

In a statement Public Affairs Officer David McGuire said it has been 2 years since Dzamara disappeared.

“On this day two years ago, Dzamara was forced into an unmarked vehicle and has not been heard from since,” said McGuire.

He stated the US remains deeply concerned about Dzamara’s whereabouts and wellbeing.

“The lack of progress in this case raises doubts about the intention of the authorities responsible for the investigation,” he said.

Zimbabwean authorities have been called to show their commitment to protecting the constitutionally-guaranteed human rights of all Zimbabweans, regardless of political beliefs or affiliation read the statement

“We again call on Zimbabwean authorities to mobilize the full extent of their resources to investigate the circumstances surrounding Dzamara’s abduction, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice,” added McGuire.

He further noted human rights are not politics therefore must be protected and respected.

“This is not an issue of politics. This is an issue of basic human rights and rule of law.”

Every Zimbabwean citizen is entitled to a right to life and personal liberty thus the right to participate in peaceful political activities, including the right to demonstrate and petition peacefully, and the right to express themselves freely and without repercussion.

McGuire said the United States stands together with Dzamara, his family and the people of Zimbabwe in demanding resolution in this case and in supporting their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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