MISA-Zimbabwe condemns journalist harassment of by minister
By Staff Reporter
THE Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa-Zimbabwe) has condemned the harassment which was allegedly directed at NewsDay journalist Simbarashe Sithole during a Zanu PF meeting by party politician and cabinet minister Kazembe Kazembe.
The story spotlighted on factional divisions within the ruling party.
Sithole was last week reportedly arraigned before a Zanu PF meeting in Mvurwi by Kazembe to explain his claims.
The Home Affairs Minister is also party chair for Mashonaland Central.
The story alleged a rift between war fighters and MPs in the area who they accused of abusing food donated to the province to advance personal interests.
“I am being advised that the reporter who covered the story is in here. What is happening to our security, Simbarashe Sithole please stand up and tell us if your story is true because you are here by default,” Kazembe was quoted as having said.
MISA Zimbabwe condemned the act.
“This incident clearly constitutes intimidation and harrassment of journalists,” said the media rights group in a statement Tuesday.
The group also reminded Zimbabwean politicians and individuals feeling aggrieved by the publication of stories to seek recourse through channels such as engaging the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe which provides a platform for them to lodge complaints against the concerned media.