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OPPOSITION parties have organised a prayer meeting for missing pro-democracy activist cum journalist, Itai Dzamara, who was abducted early this year.

The parties, among them the MDC-T, Mavambo Kusile Dawn and the National Constitutional Assembly, have organised the prayer service to demand “the safe” return of Dzamara.

MDC-T spokesman, Obert Gutu said the prayer session will be graced by other political figures such as ex-Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa.

“The event will be held at the Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare, on Sunday, June 14, 2015.The function will be addressed by President MorganTsvangirai as well as by other leaders from church organisations as well as civil society,” he said.

Dzamara went missing three months ago with the opposition accusing the state of being responsible. Before his disappearance, Dzamara was vocal in demanding that president Robert Mugabe steps down.

Dzamara led a group of young activists in demanding reforms through the Occupy Africa Unit square project where they protested against Mugabe, saying he had failed to deliver.

His last public address was at the Zimbabwe Grounds where he told MDC-T supporters to take action against Mugabe and his regime hence, maybe, the reason for choosing the venue for the prayer session.

“We hold the state accountable for his disappearance and we are taking our case to God,” said Gutu. He added: “We have tried everything including the legal route but it seems nothing is happening. Our only hope is with God.”

After his disappearance, the family, through the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, approached the High Court seeking an order to force the state to look for and find Dzamara.

Justice David Mangota ruled that the police and all other state agencies do all they could to ensure that Dzamara was found. The cops were also ordered to report to the courts twice a month.

But the lawyers said the state has failed to update the court accordingly.

Besides the local opposition and civic groups, diplomatic missions have also voiced their concerns regarding Dzamara with the United States indicating that the matter holds the key to bilateral relations between Washington and Harare.

The United Nations have also piled pressure on Harare, demanding to know what happened to Dzamara.

Source : New Zimbabwe