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– Zim­bab­wean cops on Thurs­day as­saulted and ar­rested three jour­nal­ists from an in­de­pen­dent news­pa­per, ac­cus­ing them of film­ing po­lice de­tails, as they threw spikes on ve­hi­cles in the cap­i­tal Harare. The throw­ing of spikes on mo­torists was cur­rently be­ing chal­lenged in Zim­bab­wean courts.

The south­ern African coun­try’s par­lia­men­tar­i­ans this week tooka


swipe at the po­lice, say­ing they were endangering the safety of mo­torists and or­di­nary cit­i­zens. Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Augustine Chi­huri re­cently de­fended the po­lice for us­ing spikes dur­ing traf­fic en­force­ment du­ties, say­ing the spikes were "a nec­es­sary de­fence for traf­fic of­fi­cers".

A hu­man rights lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the jour­nal­ists, Kuzi­vak­washe Ngodza of the Zim­babwe Lawyers for Hu­man Rights told News24 that the jour­nal­ists were be­ing de­tained at Harare Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion. “I am at the po­lice sta­tion and still wait­ing to find out what charges the po­lice are pre­fer­ring against the three News­day jour­nal­ists and their driver Raphael Phiri,” said Ngodza.

The jour­nal­ists were Obey Manay­iti, Abi­gail Mat­sikidze and pho­tog­ra­pher Shep­herd Tozvireva. They were all from News­Day.

Their was con­demned by the Young Jour­nal­ists As­so­ci­a­tion.

"We call upon the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice to re­spect mem­bers of the fourth es­tate as they carry out their du­ties as en­shrined in Sec­tion 61 and 62 of the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion," said the as­so­ci­a­tion’s spokesper­son Phile­mon Jam­baya in a state­ment.

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