The Sunday edition of The Standard reported that the war veterans were being recalled to fill senior posts in the force after police annual promotional examinations were scrapped.
The paper said the examinations were originally set for this month and the results would have been used to promote junior officers who fill several vacant posts.
But in a dramatic twist officers from the notorious the Criminal Investigations Department’s Law and Order section swopped on the media group’s offices, which is located a few metres from the Bulawayo Central Police station and picked up Sibanda at around 5 PM on Tuesday.
The officers who were reportedly abusive whisked Sibanda to the police station where they were still questioning him. He was accompanied by his lawyer Job Sibanda.
At almost the same time in Harare police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka issued a press statement threatening the author of the story, Nqobani Ndlovu with arrest.
Mandipaka also issued threats against The Standard saying the police were “dismayed, perturbed and disgusted by the blatant and venomous lies, which borders on causing despondency within and outside the police force.”
“This article also aims at confusing the general public and from time immemorial the police have not come across such falsehoods,” he said.
“This is criminal and irresponsible journalism of the highest order for which the good public who are consumers of such news article have to be protected.”
Despite the formation of the unity government, the harassment of journalists by police has not abated.
A number of journalists from both the private and public media have appeared in the courts facing numerous charges, which publishers say were meant to muzzle the press.