Journalist admitted for head injuries
Photojournalist Crispen Ndlovu who was reportedly severely assaulted by the police on 31 August 2016 has been admitted at a private hospital in Zimbabwe’s second largest city of Bulawayo.
His lawyer Tineyi Mukweva of Abameli Human Rights Lawyers in collaboration with MISA-Zimbabwe, said Ndlovu was undergoing treatment at the private hospital under police guard. He said doctors at the hospital said they would conduct scans to determine the severity of the head injuries he sustained.
Ndlovu who was detained at Bulawayo Central police station was rushed to hospital this morning after complaining of severe headaches, impaired vision and dizziness. He could hardly walk on his own and had to be carried into the vehicle that took him to hospital under police escort.
Ndlovu who was arrested on 31 August 2016 while covering demonstrations in Zimbabwe’s second city of Bulawayo has since been charged with criminal nuisance.
According to media reports, Ndlovu was arrested for taking pictures of the police as they allegedly assaulted Alfred Dzirutwe, spokesperson of the Bulawayo Youths Arise during protests against President Robert Mugabe’s leadership and rising unemployment.
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