A BULAWAYO-based reporter with the Media Africa Group (AMG), Gift Phiri, was last Friday picked up by police over a story published by the stable’s weekend paper outlining t
error tactics employed by the youth militia against opposition supporters.
The story was published in the Weekend Tribune of October 18 and quotes opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesman Paul Themba Nyathi confirming the activities of the Green Bombers in Gwanda during the month of October.
Phiri was picked up from the newspaper’s offices by officers from the CID Law and Order Section and was taken to Bulawayo central police station where he was made to sign a warned and cautioned statement.
According to Phiri’s lawyer, Brighton Chindove of Hara, Moyo & Partners, the police said they would charge Phiri under Section 15 2 (b) of the Public Order and Security Act.
“The police said the story published by my client was likely to cause public alarm and despondency,” Chindove told the Zimbabwe Independent.
He confirmed that Phiri was made to sign a warned and cautioned statement and said the police informed him that they would proceed by way of summons.