Kwenda, a freelance journalist, who once worked for The Financial Gazette before resigning in 2008 reportedly fled the country last Friday night after he was phoned on his mobile phone by the alleged senior police officer over a story reportedly published in The Zimbabwean newspaper. The police officer allegedly told him that he would not survive the weekend.
Kwenda, is a member of MISA-Zimbabwe’s Harare Advocacy Committee.
In a statement released Monday MISA-Zimbabwe condemned the threat on Kwenda as yet another serious threat to media freedom and the right of journalists to conduct their lawful professional duties without fear or hindrance from any quarters.
“MISA-Zimbabwe urges the inclusive government and the Police Commissioner General to unequivocally guarantee the safety of journalists and to assure Kwenda of his security pending full investigations into the alleged threats,” MISA-Zimbabwe said in a statement.
Zimbabwean journalists have over the past decade battled with arrests, intimidation and harassment for writing stories, which government authorities deem as critical.