A family from Matobo is living in fear following a mine wrangle with suspected ZANU PF activists.
It is reported that in 2021, suspected ZANU PF activists led by a stage agent only identified as Mashingaidze tried to wrestle a mine claim from its owner Thabani Sithole.
Sithole who was running a mine claim under Legion Mine in Matobo, Matabeleland South disappeared as the wrangle intensified.
A police report was made by Sithole’s brother, Mzingaye Sithole.
Sithabiso Ndhlovu, Sithole’s wife who couldn’t report her husband’s disappearance fearing persecution said she is living in danger after her husband’s tormenters went on to burn their house.
“After the disappearance of my husband I still live in fear as our house was set on fire in 2022, destroying furniture worth thousands of dollars. I suspect that the same people who were threatening my husband are responsible for the fire and also his (Sithole) disappearance,” she said.
Ndhlovu added that although she is living away from her former address, she is still living in fear and expecting his husband to come back from wherever he is.
Meanwhile, human rights watchdog Amnesty International Zimbabwe (AIZ) has reiterated its call for the government to conduct a thorough, independent, effective and transparent investigation into Itai Dzamara’s disappearance.
Dzamara, a staunch critic of the late former President Robert Mugabe and the ruling party disappeared on 9 March 2015 after he was allegedly abducted by suspected State security agents at a barbershop in Glen View, Harare.
Sheffra Mtukudzi – Dzamara, wife to Itai Dzamara, wrote an emotional letter to President Emmerson Mnangagwa requesting him to launch an investigation on her husband’s whereabouts.
In a letter addressed to Mnangagwa, Sheffra said it has been tough for her to raise kids on her own since the disappearance of her husband.
“…he has not been seen ever since. Up to this day, we don’t know where Itai is, and it’s been 8 years of suffering and unending grief.
“I, therefore, appeal to you as the President of your nation to do so. The truth must come out. His two children, relatives, friends and I deserve closure.
“More importantly, I dream of a day when we find justice,” reads part of the letter.