Ten journalists from the private media have been arrested by police while covering a Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) stakeholders meeting in which Nelson Chamisa’s MDC Alliance was banned.
They include Thomas Madhuku, Nyashadzashe Ndoro, Robert Tapfumaneyi, Marshal Bwanya, Gaddaffi Wells, Adrian Maratu, Tongai Mwenje and Tinashe Muringai.
Speaking to Zimstar News from Harare Central police where they are currently being held, Madhuku narrated the journalists’ nightmare.
“We wanted to cover a ZEC stakeholders meeting at Harare provincial offices at Cecil House, corner Third and Jason Moyo.
“When we got there and while waiting on the Old Mutual Centre side, a police Toyota D4D came and bundled us into the truck and took us to Harare Central Police station.
“So when we got there waiting on the side re Old Mutual Centre, a police vehicle Toyota D4D came and bundled us into the truck and took us to Central police,” he said.
Media lawyer Chris Mhike has been assigned to follow up the incident to secure their release.
The country’s political situation is increasingly becoming tense as political parties gear up for the 2023 harmonised elections.
MDC Alliance accuses the government of attempts to throw spanners into the wake of its bid to compete for political authority in a country that has seen Zanu PF maintain its stranglehold through strong arm tactics since independence.