Zim Police Arrest Another Journalist

Ndlovu’s arrest followed the arrest of the Standard Bulawayo Bureau chief Dumisani Sibanda over the same story on Tuesday. Sibanda was questioned for more than an hour before he was released.

Ndlovu was arrested at 930 am in the presence of his lawyer Josephat Tshuma of Webb Low and Barry who had accompanied him to Bulawayo Central police station.

Speaking to Radio VOP, Tshuma said police arrested Ndlovu over the story he wrote this week titled “Police Exams Cancelled” which exposed that retired police officers and war veterans had been re-called to take up vacant top posts in the police force to direct operations during next year’s elections and this had led to the cancellation of police promotional examinations this year

“Ndlovu has been charged under Section 96 of the Criminal Law of Codification act and reform for publishing defamatory statements against the Police Commissioner and the police as an organisation.

“They have since detained him and we expect them to bring him to court tomorrow Thursday,” said Tshuma.

Tshuma also said “police have also indicated that they wanted to arrest The Standard editor Nevanji Madanhire over the same story”.

On Tuesday police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka had issued a press statement in Harare threatening 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.”

Despite the formation of the unity government, the harassment of journalists by police has not abated.

Earlier this month, freelance journalists, Nkosana Dlamini and Andreson Manyere were arrested in Harare and held overnight before being charged with “criminal nuisance.”

On the same day, another freelance journalist, Sydney Saize, was beaten up, robbed and injured in Mutare.