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Police summon journalist over war vets communique

By Tatenda Dewa | Harare Bureau |

The Law and Order section commanding officer, Crispen Makedenge, has summoned Richard Chidza, a NewsDay senior reporter, for questioning over a recent communique by war vets that damned President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe war veterans’ association secretary general Victor Matemadanda, right, is escorted by police to a court hearing. Photograph: Wilfred Kajese/AFP/Getty Images
Zimbabwe war veterans’ association secretary general Victor Matemadanda, right, is escorted by police to a court hearing. Photograph: Wilfred Kajese/AFP/Getty Images

Chidza was accompanied to the police by Sifikile Thabete, the company secretary of Alpha Media Holdings (AHM) that publishes NewsDay.

It was not immediately clear why the police had summoned Chidza, a senior reporter.
The development comes just after the major shareholder at AMH, Trevor Ncube, reported that military agents had visited his house twice in recent days.

War veterans recently held a meeting at which a communique describing Mugabe as a “genocidal dictator” was circulated.

War vets leaders, Victor Matemadanda (secretary general) and Douglas Mahiya (spokesperson), were subsequently arrested over the document and charged with insulting President Robert Mugabe.

They have both been remanded out of custody. Nehanda Radio