JUST IN: Journalists arrested for violating Covid-19 laws


The Herald

Crime Reporter
TWO Harare-based journalists have been arrested yesterday for allegedly violating Covid-19 laws after sneaking into Parktown Medical Non-public Hospital in Waterfalls to interview three MDC-Alliance members being handled there.

They’re as a consequence of seem in court docket in the present day for contravening lockdown laws by refusing to just accept directions from an enforcement officer.

The three MDC-A members – Harare West MP Johanna Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Christine Marova – have been lately reported lacking earlier than being positioned at Muchapondwa Enterprise Centre in Musana, Bindura, final Friday and are being handled within the personal hospital.

Authorities has since ordered for a full-scale investigation into their alleged abduction.

Nationwide police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi yesterday confirmed the arrest of Frank Chikowore (40) of Voice of America’s Studio 7 and Samuel Takawira (29) of 263Chat.

He mentioned the 2 have been nonetheless in police custody at Harare Central Police Station final evening and can be taken to court docket in the present day.
“Circumstances resulting in their arrests are that the 2 went to the hospital at round 8am and it’s believed that they sneaked into the hospital after conniving with a safety guard on the hospital.

“That they had supposed to interview the three MDC-Alliance members who’re admitted on the hospital they usually had laid their tools down after they have been seen by safety on the premises, who alerted the police,” he mentioned.

The safety group first questioned them on how they gained entry into the hospital with out following the Covid-19 laws, and the way they received in earlier than the visiting hour of 10am.

They have been knowledgeable that their presence contained in the hospital was not required, and have been taken to Waterfalls Police Station for questioning.

Their lawyer, Mr Paidamoyo Brian Saurombe, later arrived on the police station earlier than Chikowore and Takawira have been taken to Harare Central Police Station.

The part they are going to be charged with states: “Any one that fails or refuses with out ample trigger to adjust to any request made or course given by a police officer, customs officer, immigration officer or enforcement officer within the finishing up of this half shall be responsible of an offence and liable to a advantageous not exceeding degree twelve or to imprisonment for a interval not exceeding one 12 months to each such advantageous and such imprisonment.”

Asst Comm Nyathi dismissed stories on social media alleging that the 2 had been kidnapped and that they have been taken away by closely armed cops. He mentioned it was a standard arrest they usually have been in a position to have their lawyer current.

Talking throughout a joint press convention this week, House Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Kazembe Kazembe, mentioned he had directed police to institute a full-scale investigation into what transpired after the flash demonstration by MDC-Alliance youths in Warren Park, Harare, final week.

The investigations would set up what transpired, who did what, the motive behind the actions, how the three reached Musana and all the opposite queries.

Minister Kazembe mentioned the demonstration was unlawful because the organisers didn’t comply with procedures, particularly contemplating that demonstrations will not be permitted gatherings in the course of the lockdown.

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