Journalists Chikowore, Takawira to spend three more nights in police custody
By Staff Reporter
BAIL hearing for journalists Frank Chikowore and Samuel Takawira was Saturday pushed to Tuesday with the private media scribes now set to endure three more nights in police custody.
Chikowore works for Voice of America’s Studio 7 while Takawira works for online website 263Chat.
They were arrested on Friday while conducting interviewees with MDC Alliance MP Joanna Mamombe, activists Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Mamombe at a private Harare hospital.
The state alleges the journalists violated lockdown regulations imposed against the spread of coronavirus through failure to observe social distancing between themselves and the opposition patients.
Chikowore and Takawira were observed conducting the interviews by a police detective who has been deployed to guard the activists.
Claims the state through prosecutor Terrence Mukuze, “On the 22nd of May 2020 at about 08:00 hrs the two accused persons again proceeded to Parktown Private Hospital in Waterfalls.
“The two accused persons knowing that it was not time for visiting patients and that an order has been previously given by the police for them not to enter the said hospital ward without reference to the acting hospital administrator, Mr Stewart Ephraim, unlawfully used the hospital back entrance ordinarily reserved for hospital staff to avoid detection and sneaked into the hospital High Dependency Unit (HDU) ward.”
Police are also keen to charge the activists for violating lockdown regulations after staging an anti-government demonstration in Harare, together with a group of MDC activists.