HARARE – MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has made sensational revelations at the funeral of the late Patson Dzamara on Thursday that the young human rights activist was poisoned by the Zanu PF government.
Dzamara, who died this week after losing his battle with colon cancer, was once a subject of the state because he demanded to know the whereabouts of his brother Itai Dzamara, who was abducted by suspected state agents and his status is unknown as of March 2015.
To date, Itai Dzamara has not been brought back, and the State has made no effort to ensure that this case, which has caused a stir within the international community, is finally settled definitively.
Chamisa calls for cautious approach
Addressing mourners at the Dzamara family home in Glen View, Harare, Chamisa said the circumstances leading to Patson Dzamara‘s death were similar to that of the late party founder Morgan Tsvangirai before he died.
Tsvangirai was diagnosed with colon cancer and died in February 2018.
“For five years in Cabinet, I didn’t even touch a cup of tea until (the late former President Robert) Mugabe asked me, ‘Who told you I practices witchcraft?’ I told (Tendai) Biti and Tsvangirai they were risking their lives,” Chamisa said.
Chamisa further said that he also warned journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and MDC Alliance Vice President Job Sikhala against food consumption in prison.
“As Dzamara died, so did Tsvangirai. Because we were swimming in a dam infested with crocodiles, Tsvangirai laughed at it and said that I was starving, but I knew that these people, the Zanu PF ministers, were not not trustworthy.”