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A year on, where is Paul Chizuze?

It has been a year since the disappearance of human rights activist Paul Chizuze who vanished under unclear circumstances.
Chizuze was last seen around 8pm on the 8th February last year when he left his home and his whereabouts remain a mystery since then.

His family and friends fear he may have been murdered, hijacked or abducted by parties unknown.

Solidarity Peace Trust (SPT) on Monday said: “We remember with gratitude the values you stood for, the decades you committed to the pursuit of democracy, peace and justice in your country.”

The international organisation expressed concern over the fact that Chizuze disappeared under suspicious circumstances.

He was one of the country’s prominent human rights activist and stalwart campaigner for peace and justice in Zimbabwe.

“We are still looking for you, alive or dead. We continue to search for the truth about the events that led to your disappearance,” said SPT.

Education, Sport, Arts and Culture Minister David Coltart says it is important that the country never forgets those who have fought such a dignified and courageous battle for human dignity and rights in Zimbabwe. Coltart also lamented the abduction of political activist Patrick Nabanyama in 2000.

“Yes Patrick Nabanyama was abducted by known assailants on the 19th June 2000 and has never been seen since. He did not “disappear” as such because we know who took him but they have never been brought to justice,” said Coltart on his twitter account.

Chizuze was last seen driving a white twin cab Nissan Hardbody (registration ACJ 3446) which was recovered in Beitbridge.

Organizations led by the Christian group Churches in Bulawayo and the Solidarity Peace Trust have issued several appeals saying they fear Chizuze may have been ‘murdered.’

Chizuze was well known for his paralegal work with civic organizations like the Amani Trust.

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.

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