World Bulletin / News Desk
The United States and European Union have asked Zimbabwean authorities to investigate the disappearance of a journalist-turned activist who has been staging sit-ins in the capital demanding that President Robert Mugabe resigns.
Dzamara and a handful of colleagues are demanding Mugabe's resignation on the grounds that he had mismanaged the economy. In October last year Dzamara was arrested after delivering a petition at Mugabe's offices calling on the 91-year-old leader to resign and pave way for fresh elections.
The EU and U.S. said in separate statements that they were concerned with Dzamara's abduction and disappearance.
The EU said the government should "take all necessary measures to ascertain Mr Dzamara's whereabouts, safeguard his wellbeing and accord him the full protection of the law."
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa told parliament that Dzamara was not being held by the state and that law enforcement agencies were searching for him.
State security agents in Zimbabwe have in the past abducted activists opposed to Mugabe's rule and later turned them over to the police. Some of the activists have alleged being tortured, claims which the government has denied.Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Mart 2015, 17:21