Police Block Zim Journalist Bail

Ndlovu’s lawyer Josphat Tshuma said on Monday he would make an urgent chamber application in the High Court to challenge Ndlovu’s continued detention.

“This is clearly an abuse of the law. This section should be revisited. I am really disappointed,” said Tshuma.
Msipa had granted Ndlovu US$100 bail and ordered him to reside at his Pumula resident and not to interfere with investigations.

In granting him bail, Msipa said Ndlovu was a suitable candidate for bail since he had voluntarily surrendered himself to the police. The magistrate said the charge which the accused was facing was of lesser offence which had an option of a fine or two years in imprisonment if convicted.

Ndlovu was arrested last Wednesday for a story he wrote in the Standard claiming that police officers and war veterans were being recalled to occupy vacant top posts in the force ahead of next year’s general elections.

The journalist was forced to spend a weekend in prison after the same magistrate had on Friday said she would only making a ruling on the bail application on Monday.

His arrest, which has been condemned by journalist groups internationally, followed that of a Bureau chief reporter with Newsday in Bulawayo and President of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalist, Dumisani Sibanda over the same story. Sibanda was later released. The editor of the Standard, Nevanji Madanhire, is said to be on the run as police are said to be keen in arresting him over the same story.