Journalists confront Commissioner Matanga over abusive high-ranking subordinate
By Staff Reporter
JOURNALISTS Golden Maunganidze and Passmore Kuzipa have petitioned Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga to rein in his subordinate in Masvingo province’s Assistant Commissioner, Taoneyi Nyazema who has threatened them with unspecified action over an article in Masvingo based weekly TellZim.
Maunganidze is the paper’s director while Kuzipa is editor.
Nyazema last week summoned the journalists to his office and demanded to know who was writing the paper’s satirical column whose contents he was apparently not happy with.
The scribes refused to disclose the information on ethical reasons.
The two and their lawyer Derick Charamba have twice tried to engage the police provincial boss thereafter with no success.
Following the incident, Maunganidze and Kuzipa have since petitioned Matanga to exercise his control over his high-ranking subordinate.
“Kindly receive our complaint that our clients are living in constant fear and we have no option but inform your esteemed office that whatever omen and infringement that may befall them after such vivid threats can reasonably be explicable to the Respondent. We implore your office to intervene,” said Charamba.
Media rights lobby, Misa-Zimbabwe has condemned the act by Nyazema.
“As we have previously stated, the police and the Zimbabwe Media Commission should urgently investigate these cases involving the assault and harassment of journalists and bring the culprits to book, otherwise these media freedom violations will continue with impunity thereby placing the lives of journalists at great risk,” Misa said in a statement Monday.
“Equally worrisome is the fact that these violations are being instigated by the law enforcement arm of the government. We further call for the government Equally worrisome is the fact that these violations are being instigated by the law enforcement arm of the government.
“We further call for the government to uphold the constitution which provides for media freedom through section 61.”