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Police question independent journalists
MISA-Zimbabwe
August 30, 2011

Police from the Law and Order Section on 29 August 2011 questioned Zimbabwe Independent editor Constantine Chimakure and senior political reporter Wongai Zhangazha over a story the paper published in its edition of 8 July 2011.

The story titled: Ministers rejected Kasukuwere plan, alleged that the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) formations had resisted attempts by the Minister of Youth Development, Indigenization and Empowerment, Saviour Kasukuwere, to re-introduce the National Youth Service training programme arguing it was a ZANU PF election strategy.

The two whose statements were recorded by Detective Murira were questioned on the sources of the story which was allegedly based on Cabinet deliberations, an offence under the Official Secrets Act.

Background

Chimakure has since stated that the story did not originate from Cabinet but from senior officials in both ZANU PF and the MDC as well as from Non-Governmental Organizations.

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