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Itai Dzamara face masks at planned vigil to mark 7 years of activist’s abduction

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Friends of Itai Dzamara have organised a vigil to mark exactly seven years since the journalist-turned-firebrand-activist disappeared without trace following his abduction from his Harare home neighbourhood by suspected state agents.

Dzamara’s disappearance followed several anti-government demonstrations the then 36-year-old staged under his Occupy Africa Unity Square mantra, a movement he founded to try and force accountability within then President Robert Mugabe led government.

The last that was seen of him was within his neighbourhood of Glen View on 9 March 2015 when he was accosted by strangers who reportedly bundled him into a vehicle and drove off.

The state, widely suspected to have engineered the reprehensible act, has denied a hand in the activist’s disappearance.

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But while friends have no means to find the activist anymore, they have elected not to let his memories go away anytime soon, with a vigil organised for him.

“You are hereby cordially invited to a vigil and prayer for Itai Dzamara who disappeared in a state sponsored abduction on the 9th of March 2015. Since then he has not been seen or heard of,” read a message posted on social media by Charles Nyoni, Occupy Africa Unity Square acting chairperson.

Reached for more details, Nyoni said the event to be held at house number 11640, Glen View 7 – Dzamara’s home – shall see those set to attend put on face masks bearing Dzamara’s facial image and candle lighting.

Nyoni said police have not been informed about the event since “it’s a private event just like a wedding”.

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The Dzamaras have suffered the double tragedy of losing Patson, a younger sibling to the journalist, who died of colon cancer aged 34 in August 2020 after fronting a fierce public campaign for the return of his sibling.

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