THE station manager of Radio Dialogue FM, a community radio station, Father Nigel Johnson, was arrested last week in Bulawayo’s Nkulumane suburb while filming footage for a music video.
Father Johnson, a Roman Catholic priest, was subsequently detained by police on Friday afternoon and released the following day after police said they would charge him under the Miscellaneous Offences Act.
Johnson told the Independent this week that he was filming a group of artists performing dances in Nkulumane township when he was approached by two policemen and another person in civilian clothes. “The police demanded to know why I was filming the dances. They took myvideo camera and car keys and ordered me to accompany them to Nkulumane police station where they said they would detain me for ‘further enquiries’,” said Father Johnson.
He said he was later transferred to Bulawayo Central Police Station where he was detained overnight.”Police said they would charge me under the Miscellaneous Offences Act but I was not informed why the charges are being preferred against me and even my lawyer is not aware why I am being charged on the said charges,” Johnson said.
Johnson has on several occasions found himself under attack from the government media since he took over the running of Radio Dialogue, a community radio initiative for the City of Bulawayo.
Government Information Tsar Jonathan Moyo has vowed that Radio Dialogue would be licensed over his “dead body”. Johnson said he was interviewed by police from the homicide squad who said they would proceed with the case by way of summons.