Itai Dzara trust board chairperson Bishop, Ancelimo Magaya, says they have adopted a new plan of praying for the safe return of the abducted journalist –cum civil rights activist Itai Dzamara where they will be holding series of prayer meetings in Africa Unity Square.
The new initiative according to the clergyman comes after the police had banned them from conducting national prayer meetings in Zvishavane recently for what the state said was because of political interference.
Prior to the interruption of the planned national prayers in Zvishavane they had successfully congregated and prayed in Harare and Chitungwiza and they were now heading for Mutare on the same mission.
Their first Africa Unity Square prayer was held in Africa Unity Square on Monday where Dzamara used to operate from before his forced disappearance.
In an interview with RelZim on the sidelines of the prayer meeting bishop Magaya said the spirit of pushing government to bring back Dzamara will never die.
“We had taken a short break and in preparation for bigger events in the near future and you know this needs a lot of preparedness,” bishop Magaya said.
“But today we are here at the venue where Itai used to operate from and it has a spiritual connection with him.”
“Let me say there is a spiritual connectivity with Itai by holding these prayer meetings here in Africa Unity Square, and also by conducting these meetings here it connects us with the cause he was fighting for and most importantly to send a clear message to his adductors that we are still alive, we are still leaving, we are alert and we have not yet run out of ideas,” said bishop Magaya.
Dzamara was abducted by state security agents on 9 March in his Glen View home area. Before he disappeared Dzamara was holding peaceful demonstrations where he was demanding for the immediate stepping down of President Robert Mugabe for failing to deliver his election campaign promises.
Bishop Magaya said at the mean time they will be congregating in Africa Unity Square where they will be praying for the return of Dzamara until such a time they are prepared to resume their aborted national prayer meetings.
“We are demonstrating the fact that we are alive and we are alive to the fact that eight months ago Itai Dzamara disappeared and his whereabouts remain unaccounted for and it is very saddening that this happened in a Zimbabwe whose government has failed to guarantee people security ,”said bishop Magaya.
Bishop Magaya added: “So what we are doing today is a beginning also and a continuation in another form and version of an ongoing public demonstration in prayer but also condemnation of such wanton , ruthless display of power of those that think that they control people’s lives”.
Their initial Monday Africa Unity Square payer was attended by Itai Dzamara’s wife Sheffra, his brother Partson and former Hurungwe West legislator Temba Mliswa.