MISSING human rights activist Itai Dzamara’s younger brother, Patson,
was brutally assaulted by suspected State security agents yesterday
after he door-stepped President Robert Mugabe at the National Sports
Stadium demanding the whereabouts of his brother.
Patson’s lawyer, Gift Mtisi, confirmed the incident last night saying after the battering, his client was initially taken to Harare Central Police Station, where he was released without charge and taken to a local private hospital. “I am on his hospital bedside right now,” he said.
Mtisi said his client might have angered State security apparatus after he staged a solo demonstration, waving a placard, demanding Mugabe accounts for his missing brother, who was allegedly abducted near his Glen View home 13 months ago.
Meanwhile, an unidentified woman gave Mugabe’s aides a torrid time, as she trailed the veteran politician to the VIP tent during Independence Day celebrations in Harare demanding her “share” of the missing $15 billion diamond money.
The drama occurred as Mugabe headed to his seat after lighting the Independence flame to mark the country’s 36 years of self-rule.
State security agents manhandled and pressed her to the ground, as Mugabe walked back oblivious of the unfolding drama, and later whisked her outside the National Sports Stadium.
“You think I am mad? I am not mad. What makes you think I am mad? Why do you stop me? I could have followed the President for my share of the $15 billion. I am hungry. I need to buy maize,” the woman charged.
Journalists were ordered not to take photos of the incident.