Tsvangirai to speak at Dzamara prayer meeting


Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai is expected not only to attend the prayer meeting organised for activist Itai Dzamara on Saturday but will also deliver a speech according to his spokesman Luke Tamborinyoka.

Dzamara was abducted in March and his whereabouts are still not known.

His family, however, believes that he is still alive and is seeking divine intervention for whoever is holding him to release him.

The MDC says Dzamara was abducted by State security agents.

The prayer meeting was originally planned for last month but was cancelled after allegations that it had been hijacked by politicians.

Tamborinyoka said Tsvangirai has vowed to attend Saturday's event, notwithstanding any effort that may be made to thwart it.

“No amount of barbarism should stop a prayer,” he said.

There have been media reports that former Vice-President Joice Mujuru will also attend the prayer meeting.

Mujuru has shied away from the public since her unceremonious exit from the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front last year.


Full statement:


Thursday, 09 July 2015

President Tsvangirai to attend Dzamara’s prayer meeting    

On Saturday, President Tsvangirai will be joining thousands of concerned Zimbabweans at a prayer meeting for Itai Dzamara to be held at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield, Harare.

Dzamara was abducted by State security agents in March and left a traumatized  wife and two  young children who ask everyday on the whereabouts of their father. Thousands of Zimbabweans from all walks of life are expected to attend this important prayer meeting. President Tsvangirai, who has himself been kidnapped and brutally assaulted in a police station, believes that the safety and security of citizens is a sacred right that is now guaranteed by the Constitution of Zimbabwe and urges all party members and Zimbabweans at large to attend this national prayer.

President Tsvangirai is on record as saying the MDC holds the State responsible and accountable for Dzamara's abduction and we demand that he be produced alive so that he can be with his family.

President Tsvangirai will not only deliver a speech at the event, but will also join other Zimbabweans in prayer for an innocent citizen whose family remains traumatized by the senseless abduction and disappearance.

Eight years ago, President Tsvangirai was among leaders and ordinary citizens brutally assaulted by the police at a Save Zimbabwe prayer meeting scheduled for Zimbabwe grounds, the same venue for Dzamara’s prayer meeting.

Thousands of Zimbabweans, mainly MDC activists have been killed, maimed, assaulted and abducted in the past and some of them are still missing.

President Tsvangirai has vowed to attend Saturday's event, notwithstanding any effort that may be made to thwart it, adding that no amount of barbarism should stop a prayer.

Solidarity is a key value in the MDC and the President Tsvangirai urges everyone to attend this important national event as we pray to God to save and protect the citizens of this country from the brutality of their own government.



Luke Tamborinyoka

Presidential Spokesperson and Director of Communications

Movement for Democratic Change


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