HARARE, March 12 — Acting Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has pledged that everything possible will be done to find missing journalist Itai Dzamara, who is an activist linked to the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T).

Dzamara reportedly went missing on Monday and police confirmed that his wife made a missing person report. On Tuesday, MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai accused the ruling Zanu PF party of abducting Dzamar, who he claimed was a “pro-democracy” activist.

MDC-T legislators on Wednesday went to Parliament to ask the government what it was doing to protect its citizens and also to find Dzamara.

Responding to a question from Glenview North member of Parliament from the MDC-T, Fanny Munengami, Acting President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe was a democratic society and police would investigate until Dzamara was found.

“We are a democratic society. We believe every citizen in this country has the right to do what he or she wants and anybody who commits a crime must account for the crime that is why we have institutions like the
Zimbabwe Republic Police to bring them to book,” he added.

“We are exceedingly concerned with his disappearance. We assure the nation that everything will be done to bring to book those who are responsible.”

Munengami also asked Acting President Mnangagwa to assure the nation that Dzamara would not disappear for long and that he was not abducted by state agents like the previous case where an activist Jestina Mukoko was tortured for three months before being brought before the courts.

Mnangagwa said Dzamara and Mukoko cases were not related but still the government would ensure that he was found.

Home Affairs (Interior) Deputy Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said those with information that could assist police in finding Dzamara should come forward.

Last year, Dzamara came to the spotlight after he staged a one man demonstration in the Africa Unity Square calling for President Robert Mugabe to resign.