Masvingo Mirror Editor Arrested

Maunganidze was picked up from his home by police officers from the Law and order department over a story which stated that Zanu (PF) Masvingo provincial chairman, Lovemore Matuke, had been caught in a compromising position in his Isuzu double Cab truck with a fellow party official and Gutu east losing candidate in 2008
general elections, Bertha Chikwama.

The Editor of the province’s sole independent weekly is currently detained at the lice infested cells of Masvingo central police station. Journalists and his relatives were on Wednesday being denied access to see him.

A Mirror senior reporter, Tonderai Saharo, told Radio VOP that the arrested editor was being represented by Charles Marere of Matutu and Associates who was believed to be out of town.

The Zimbabwe Chapter of the Media Information of Southern Africa (MISA) chairman in Masvingo, Energy Bara condemned the arrest.

“As MISA Masvingo chapter we strongly condemn the continued arrests of reporters from the private media while they are executing their duties. Politicians should stop abusing the partisan police to victimise journalist who inform the society of their evil activities if they are caught.”

Last year Maunganidze was also arrested after another Zanu (PF) big-wig, Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi instructed police to quiz him over a story alleging that the minister had stolen donations meant for President Robert Mugabe’s birthday bash.