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article imageHuman rights activist goes missing in Zimbabwe

By Amanda Payne     Feb 25, 2012 in World
A Facebook and Twitter campaign has been started to find Zimbabwean human rights activist Paul Chizuze who went missing on Feb. 8.
According to a press release sent out by his colleagues and friends which has been posted on Facebook:
"Over the last three decades, Paul has been either employed by, or active with, the Legal Resources Foundation, Amani Trust Matabeleland, The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace, ZimRights, Churches in Bulawayo, CivNet, and Masakhaneni Trust. Paul has worked tirelessly as a paralegal to track activists in jail and offer them support. Paul was among those who maintained the campaign to uncover the truth of what happened to Patrick Nabanyama after his abduction and disappearance in 2000, and has selflessly worked to expose human rights abuses in the last decade."
Bulawayo24News quotes the sister of the missing man who said that he had been visiting a brother. He drove away in his white Nissan Hardbody and has not been since. Sister Maxim Phiri said:
"He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and khaki trousers. We are worried about his whereabouts and we appeal to members of the public to assist us search for him".
Another Bulawayo person, a woman called Sihle Moyo, went missing on Feb 2 after receiving a phone call. She told her family she had to go and collect some goods and has not been seen since, according to the Bulawayo Chronicle. The paper said that, in both cases, "Efforts to get comments from Bulawayo police were fruitless."
Forums related to Zimbabwe are alive with rumours as to what may have happened to Mr Chizuze, with most people believing he has been kidnapped and/or murdered by the ruling Zanu-PF party following the recent announcement by President Robert Mugabe that elections are likely to be held this year.
Mr Chizuze has in the past given his considerable personal assistance to campaigns searching for the many people that just 'disappear' in Zimbabwe every day and his family are desperately hoping to find out where he is and if he is alive.
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