Policeman interrogated over leaked information


Loughty Dube

A JUNIOR policeman attached to the Media Africa Group (MAG) in Bulawayo is in trouble with his superiors over allegations that he leaked sensitive informati

on to the newspapers, the Zimbabwe Independent has established.


MAG are publishers of the Week-end Tribune and the Business Tribune.


Trouble for the police constable, Felilizwe Phakathi, started two weeks ago when the Weekend Tribune carried a story alleging that senior police officers in the province were buying expensive cars for themselves while lower-ranking officers needed new uniforms.


The story is said to have incensed the officer commanding Bulawayo, Charles Mfandaidza, who is alleged to have personally written to MAG Bulawayo editor Miriam Madziwa complaining over the story.


Phakathi is a journalism student at Business Environment Services, a college in the city, and was cleared by his superiors for internship with the Weekend Tribune.


Police sources said a docket had been opened charging Phakathi under the Police Act for leaking sensitive information to the press.


Things worsened for the policeman last week when the Weekend Tribune carried a story stating that the Nkomo family wanted an inquest into the death of Mama Mafuyane, wife of the late Vice- President Joshua Nkomo.


The story quoted police sources claiming that the case was to be taken to the courts in the near future. The story further alleged that President Mugabe was expected to testify in the case since he was one of the last people to see Mama Mafuyane alive.


Phakathi was again suspected as the source and interrogated.


Contacted for comment on the matter, police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena said if any serving policeman flouted the Police Code of Conduct he was liable to be charged under the Police Act.

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