Some police details Friday stormed ZimLive Editor, Mduduzi Mathuthu’s Bulawayo home without indicating why they were looking for the senior scribe.
According to the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe), a lobby for media rights, an undisclosed number of police officers laid siege at the journalist’s home.
MISA Zimbabwe immediately deployed lawyer, Nqobani Sithole, to attend to Mathuthu.
Mathuthu was not at home at the time and the police reportedly ordered that he should present himself at the Law and Order Section of the police.
Sithole presented himself at the Law and Order Section on Mathuthu’s behalf.
Police were Friday evening still to disclose why they were looking for the scribe and if they intended to lay any charges against him.
Sithole said the police action was tantamount to abusing Mathuthu’s family.
“We are worried about that,” he said. “At all material times, this guy (Mathuthu) has been available and no charges have ever been laid against him.”
In 2020, Mathuthu’s nephew, Tawanda Muchehiwa, was allegedly abducted and tortured. At that time his whereabouts had been unknown following his arrest which prompted an urgent habeas corpus application by his lawyer, Sithole.
Following the court application, High Court judge Justice Makonese ordered the police to investigate his whereabouts. Muchehiwa was only found after being dropped off at his place of residence.
His other relatives were also arrested at the time.
This came after police officers had on 30 July 2020 raided and ransacked Mathuthu’s home reportedly looking for information on subversive materials linked to the 31 July 2020 protests.
Mathuthu, through his news site, is the one who exposed then State Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s sex scandal with married women in 2020.
Mohadi was forced to resign from the lofty government position.