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A MEMBER of the anti-Mugabe Occupy Africa Unity Square co-team which was led by journalist Itai Dzamara has launched a bid for the Glen View South constituency seat in the June 10 by-elections.

In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com Friday, Stephen Sibanda, 24, vowed to take the group’s demands for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation to parliament if he was voted MP for the area.

“I want to take our fight right into the august house. We have been barking from outside the house for a long time,” said Sibanda, who is also opposition MavamboKusile’s national youth chairperson.

Dzamara, a journalist who turned a fierce Mugabe critic, was abducted by suspected state agents at a barbershop close to his Glen View home on 9 March this year.

It is widely believed he was targeted for his radical stance which saw him leading the group to stage several protests at Africa Unity Square while demanding President Mugabe’s immediate resignation.

The group, which accuses Mugabe of failed leadership, went on to stage protests against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission for allowing Zanu PF to manipulate electoral processes in its favour.

Despite persistent beatings and arrests from anti-riot police, the group defiantly staged more protests which abruptly stopped when Dzamara was seized.

Nearly three months after Dzamara’s disappearance, Sibanda, an unemployed college graduate, now eyes a place in the giant building adjacent to where they staged their demonstrations.

Even in the house, he says and assuming he is elected, he will persist with the demand for Mugabe to leave office.

“If we can have a representative who can take the movement’s voice inside, it will be a good move for the Occupy Africa Unity Square,” said Sibanda, a holder of two diplomas in international relations and legal studies.

“The electorate will vote for us because we are the main opposition in this race. I believe the relationship between Simba Makoni and Morgan Tsvangirai is good.”

The Glen View South seat fell vacant March this year after MDC-T ‘rebel’ MP Paul Madzore was expelled from the house along with 20 others on the instructions of the main opposition.

Source : New Zimbabwe