Weekend Post (South Africa)

Zim journalist­s held over Mugabe story

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TWO Zimbabwean journalist­s were arrested yesterday over a newspaper report that described President Robert Mugabe as “in bad shape” when he flew to Singapore for what officials called a scheduled medical check-up.

Independen­t newspaper NewsDay editor Wisdom Mudzungair­i and journalist Richard Chidza were released ahead of a court appearance today.

The front-page story said that Mugabe, 93, had “sneaked out of the country this week”, and quoted an unnamed source saying “it’s a tricky health situation”.

The report, headlined “Mugabe in fresh health scare”, said that first lady Grace Mugabe had flown to Dubai to organise the charter flight.

“They have been arrested and charged with underminin­g and insulting the office of the president,” their lawyer Obey Shava said before their release.

Mugabe’s trip to Singapore, shortly after his lavish 93rd birthday party, was announced by his press spokesman on Wednesday. He is expected to return early next week.

Mugabe’s health has been the subject of increased speculatio­n in recent years, and he regularly flies to Singapore for medical attention. – TMG

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