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Africa Unity Square: an Internet hotspot - NewsDay Zimbabwe

The Africa Unity Square, formerly known as Cecil Square, before Independence, has become a popular spot for Harare residents who flock the garden to access free Internet access.

What could be more part of the Commons, than the ability to access Internet. In the world of today, the fine and “shiny toy” abundant 21st century, the right to access Internet is as relevant as the right to access clean water.

Sure, you may argue we need water to live, and Wi-fi not so much. But,for argument’s sake let’s ask our fellow North Americans if they’d happily go the rest of their lives without access to the net. Yeah… I didn’t think so. Is it fair for some people to have access to the Internet, abundantly, and some others… not so much?I think not.

Well, things are looking up. Several countries decided to incorporate “hot-spots” for the free and open access to Wi-Fi in places were the net might not otherwise be so conveniently available.

Check out the article on the Africa Unity Square.

- Gabrielle

$10,000 police reward irks 'abducted' Itai Dzamara family

$10,000 police reward irks ‘abducted’ Itai Dzamara family

By Jonga Kandemiiri

The family of missing activist Itai Dzamara of Occupy Africa Unity Square has welcomed the $10 000 reward offered by the police on information leading to his whereabouts though questioning its intentions four months after his abduction.

Itai Dzamara

Family spokesman Patson Dzamara said the police offer came a bit too late because his brother, who was abducted at a barber shop…

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Hundreds attend prayer rally for missing Zimbabwean activist

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Church leaders and opposition politicians on Saturday accused the Zimbabwean government of foot-dragging in the search for an activist who has been missing for four months.

Hundreds of people gathered at a prayer rally for activist Itai Dzamara, held in an open field in a suburb in the capital Harare.

Dzamara was abducted by five men while having a haircut at a barbershop on March 9, his lawyers said, who suspect he was taken by state agents.

Before he went missing, the activist led the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement, staging a sit-in at the popular square in the city that began in October last year to call for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation and democratic reforms. Dzamara was regularly harassed and severely beaten by police during his protest.

A high court judge ruled that state security agents must find Dzamara, forcing them to act.

Police have dismissed allegations of delay tactics, saying they are investigating Dzamara’s disappearance.

The United States Embassy in Zimbabwe joined representatives of the European Union and the Australian Embassy, calling for Dzamara’s safe return in a statement.

“The United States remains deeply concerned about Mr. Dzamara’s whereabouts and well-being, and we are equally concerned by the apparent lack of progress by authorities in their investigation,” the statement said.

Hundreds attend prayer rally for missing Zimbabwean activist

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Church leaders and opposition politicians have accused the Zimbabwean government of foot-dragging in the search for an activist who has been missing for four months.

Religious and opposition leaders addressed hundreds of people at a prayer rally for activist Itai Dzamara on Saturday in the capital Harare.

Dzamara’s lawyers said they suspect he was abducted by state agents on March 9. Before he went missing, the activist led the Occupy Africa Unity Square movement, staging a sit-in at the popular square in the city that began in October last year to call for President Robert Mugabe’s resignation and democratic reforms.

A high court judge ruled that state security agents must find Dzamara, forcing them to act.

Police have dismissed allegations of delay tactics, saying they are investigating Dzamara’s disappearance.