Police under fire for failing to locate Dzamara

The National Youth Action Alliance (NYAA) has condemned police investigation into the disappearance of Itai Dzamara, saying it fell far short of the standards that the public should expect.

This comes after one month since the disappearance of Itai Dzamara, a journalist and human rights activist.

Justice David Mangota last fortnight ordered the State to do everything possible in order to establish the whereabouts of the missing Itai Dzamara

Addressing journalists on Friday, Dirk Frey, the Acting Spokesperson of the NYAA said they have lost confidence in the police since it has failed to establish the whereabouts of Dzamara.

“Although pronouncements condemning the abduction of Itai Dzamara have been welcome the lack of progress in terms of investigating the abduction and the glaring lack of results is of great concern.

“We further call on the state and the police to fulfill their duties laid out in the constitution and as ordered by the high court and intensify the search for Mr Dzamara immediately and produce results as soon as possible,” he said.

Frey called on the police to work extra hard in the search for Dzamara.

“We do not accept that our police force can so dramatically fail to protect a Zimbabwean citizen. I guess we need to remind them of their motto: for the law, for the nation and for the people.

“We call on them and shall carry on demanding that Mr. Dzamara’s rights to be protected and that he be found and returned unharmed,” he said.

NYAA also revealed that they believe and hope that Dzamara is still alive and will return home safe.

“We remain hopeful of his eventual safe return and continue to express our support to the Dzamara family during these dark times,” he said.

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