STANDARD editor Bornwell Chakaodza and reporter Valentine Maponga were on Wednesday charged under the Public Order & Security Act for publishing allegedly false information likely to be p
rejudicial to the state.
Police arrested the two journalists over a story suggesting government officials were involved in the recent murder of Bindura Nickel Corporation chief executive Leonard Chimimba.
Reports indicate that Chimimba died after he was shot in the head outside his home.
The murder case has also been linked to the disappearance earlier this year of a large Bindura consignment of nickel and platinum to South Africa.
The Standard spoke to Chimimba’s family members. The deceased’s younger brother, Simon, was quoted as saying: “My brother was killed by the so-called big guns and as a family, we are fully aware of who is responsible but we know God will provide the answer.”
However, police claimed that the allegation was untrue as suspects in the murder case had been arrested. They then reacted by arresting the two journalists.
The journalists’ lawyer Linda Cook confirmed the charge under the repressive security law.
“They signed warned and cautioned statements. Initially police had indicated they would detain them overnight, but then they released them and said they wanted to interview other people over the matter tomorrow,” Cook said.