BY HARRIET CHIKANDIWA
SEVERAL journalists have been yesterday assaulted by suspected State brokers whereas attending a media convention hosted by Zimbabwe Nationwide College students Union (Zinasu) president Takudzwa Ngadziore close to Impala Automotive Rental in Harare.
Journalists together with Godwin Mangudya, Thomas Madhuku, James Jemwa, Bernard Mpofu and Munashe Chokodza have been attacked and their gear confiscated and destroyed.
Ngadziore was arrested for protesting at Impala Automotive Rental, accusing the corporate of aiding the alleged abduction of scholar journalist Tawanda Muchehiwa by suspected State safety brokers in Bulawayo in July.
He’s out on $2 000 bail.A truck used to abduct Muchehiwa forward of the July 31 protests was employed out by the automotive rental firm and scholar unions have been demanding solutions from the corporate.
The boys who attacked the Zinasu members and journalists have been in plain garments and didn’t establish themselves after they obtained to the scene, however indiscriminately assaulted everybody on the scene.
An image of Ngadziore mendacity on the bottom after the assault went viral yesterday. Jemwa’s footage with bruises on the pinnacle in addition to destroyed audio recorders additionally went viral.
Nationwide police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi mentioned he was not conscious of the assault and “would discover out”.
In the meantime, human rights foyer group Zimbabwe Human Rights Affiliation (ZimRights) expressed concern over the assault.
“ZimRights reminds the attackers that the best to display and petition is enshrined in part 59 of the Structure. We additionally name upon the police to research and arrest the perpetrators. We strongly condemn the assault on journalists doing their work as freedom of expression and freedom of the media is enshrined in part 61,” ZimRights mentioned in an announcement.
The rights foyer group urged Impala Automotive Leases to offer data and assist expose those that have been answerable for the abductions which were happening within the nation.