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UNDER SIEGE: Zimbabwe police arrest yet another journalist

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Zimbabwe- On 8 April 2020, there was a suspected Covid-19 death at Chiredzi District Hospital and police detained a TellZim journalist who was coming from the hospital to verify the case.

This brings the number of arrests of Journalists doing their work to four.

Recently freelance journalist Panashe Makufa, Kudzai Musengi, were arrested on different days and incidents for doing their work. They were picked on allegations of breaching coronavirus regulations.

This was despite the fact that journalists were exonerated to carry on with their duties during the lockdown period.
Just a day ago former Zimbabwe Union for Journalists president Matthew Takona was also arrested while doing his work. The arrests were roundly condemned.

In the latest incident, a TellZim journalist Beatificc Gumbwanda, was picked up by police in town, reportedly at the instigation of a Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officer soon after visiting the hospital.

Nurses at the hospital were said to be refusing to handle the deceased’s body as they do not have personal protective equipment.

The deceased, a female, was reportedly admitted at the hospital after being referred there by one Dr Dube who runs a surgery in town.

When contacted for comment, Chiredzi District Medical Officer (DMO) Brian Dhladhlara told a local publication that there was a patient who got admitted at the hospital with respiratory challenges, adding that there was panic at the hospital.

He said specimens will be sent to Harare for tests.

Meanwhile, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Masvingo provincial advocacy chairperson, Passmore Kuzipa organised a lawyer to assist Gumbwanda who was still in detention at Chiredzi Police Station at the time of going to print.

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