Manyere Freed

Manyere was seized at the corner of Fourth Street and Jason Moyo
Avenue whilst covering the demonstration organized by the ZANU PF
youths to protest against the imposition and maintenance of targeted
travel sanctions on the party’s leaders.

The freelance photo-journalist journalist was detained at the ZANU PF
provincial offices near the Fourth Street bus terminus for about 15
minutes and accused of taking video footage on behalf of some western
media organisations. The ZANU PF supporters reprimanded him for not
seeking their permission before taking pictures of the demonstration.

Manyere, who was handed over to some Central Intelligence Organisation
(CIO) officials, who were at the party’s offices by the ZANU PF
youths,  deleted his film footage, which he had taken earlier on
before setting him free.

The ZANU PF youths, who marched from their provincial offices to the
party’s national headquarters also picketed outside the compound of
the US Embassy.

The youths were addressed at the ZANU PF national headquarters by ZANU
PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo, the party’s Secretary for Youth Affairs and
his deputy Edison Chakanyuka and Amos Midzi, the Zanu PF chairman for
Harare Province.

This is the second time that Manyere has been arrested in less than
two months. Last month the police arrested Manyere while covering a
march by WOZA, a pro-democracy group in the capital city and detained
him for almost six hours at Harare Central Police Station and later
freed him without laying any charge against him.
Manyere is currently on bail in a separate matter in which he is being
charged together with six other supporters of Prime Minister Morgan
Tsvangirai party of engaging in acts of insurgence, banditry, sabotage
or terrorism.
The seven are accused of allegedly bombing police stations and a
bridge in Harare in 2008.