Human rightist, political activist, and author Dr. Patson Dzamara has died. Patson Dzamara, younger brother to journalist and activist Itai Dzamara who disappeared more than five years ago, has passed away ahead of a scheduled cancer operation.
His death was confirmed by a close friend and opposition political leader Nelson Chamisa who wrote on social media saying:
I’m so devastated..Just received bad news from the Dzamaras.The young Dr Patson Dzamara gone too soon. This has been a terrible 2020!
Businessman Nigel Chanakira who was also a friend to Dzamara also wrote,
It is with profound sadness to advise you that Dr Patson Dzamara has passed on this morning ahead of his scheduled cancer operation. Thanks to all those that had been contributing to the Fund where +US$14k had already been raised. I am personally devastated. MHDSRIP.
The young activist was diagnosed with colon cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery. A fundraising campaign spearheaded by human rights defenders, data and science experts, Team Pachedu, had already raised over US$14 000 out of the U$28,000 needed for the surgery in just one week.