The Zimbabwe Government should give the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara the same priority and attention it is giving the unexplained death of higher education minister Jonathan Moyo’s daughter.
This was said by former Zanu PF Mashonaland province chairman and Youth Advocacy for Reform and Democracy founder Temba Mliswa Monday on the side-lines of a memorial prayer for Dzamara held at Africa Unity Square in Harare.
Moyo’s daughter Zanele was,last month, found dead in her off campus apartment in South Africa where she was a student at the University of Cape Town.
President Robert Mugabe told the Moyo family that government would press the South Africans for a “satisfactory explanation”.
Vice president Phelekezela Mphoko also urged law enforcement agencies and medical authorities to thoroughly investigate the tragedy.
Government has however, said little about Dzamara who was abducted in March with Moyo dismissively remarking that there was nothing unique about the case since people disappear every day.
Mliswa however said the Dzamara family deserved the same treatment Moyo was getting from government over his grief.
“We seem to be busy with deaths which happen in other countries and not of ours,” he told NewZimbabwe.com.
“I want to say very sorry about the death of Zanele Moyo; she was my daughter’s friend.
“But the same effort that is being put in by this government to get the truth surrounding her death is exactly what must come out here (regarding Dzamara).”
Dzamara was abducted by suspected state security agents on March 9 in his Glen View home area and has not been heard from or seen since.
Prior the abduction, the activist had been staging demonstrations in Africa Unity Square, protesting against President Mugabe’s “failed administration” and demanding his resignation.
Mliswa said President Mugabe should issue a statement about the activist.
“We had the Vice President(s) and the President commenting (about Zanele Moyo),” he said.
“But is Itai Dzamara not equally Zimbabwean? And does he not deserve the President or the vice Presidents to also comment on his disappearance?”