Journalists assaulted by fraud suspect’s family
By Staff Reporter
FOUR local journalists were Thursday assaulted outside the Chiredzi Magistrates Court while covering one Andrew Takashinga Bere’s bail hearing.
Bere is accused of defrauding United States of America taxpayer funds amounting to US$7 million during his stay in abroad.
The four are freelance journalist Godfrey Mtimba, Patrick Chitongo of Chiredzi’s Flame newspaper, Morris Bishi of the Masvingo Mirror and Tawanda Mangoma with Zimpapers in Chiredzi.
They were assaulted when they attempted to take pictures of Bere as he was led out of court.
The alleged perpetrators of the assault are family members from Andrew Bere’s family who took offence when the journalists’ tried to use their mobile phones to take pictures of the accused.
The journalists were pushed and harassed by the group of about 20 people, with Patrick Chitongo getting kicked in the process.
The family members also issued verbal death threats to the Chiredzi based journalists.
Their assault follows that of Senior Herald reporter Zvamaida Murwira and freelance journalist Anna Chibamu by MDC-T youths early this month at the party headquarters.