Harassment of journalist and family following release

Harassment of journalist and family following release

Bulawayo based freelance journalist, Crispen Ndlovu and his family, are allegedly being harassed by unidentified men following his release on 2 September 2016.

Ndlovu was arrested on 31 August, 2016  while taking pictures of members of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) allegedly assaulting spokesperson  of the Bulawayo Youths Arise,  Alfred Dzirutwe, during a protest against President Robert Mugabe’s leadership and rising unemployment.

Ndlovu spent two days under police guard in a private hospital where he was admitted for head injuries sustained during an alleged police attack. Following his release, Ndlovu reported that an unregistered vehicle had camped outside his family home for days. This week, his wife reports that since Monday 12 September, she has been followed by a registered white Toyota Hilux double cab vehicle to and from work and approached by two men, who sought to verify her identity as Ndlovu’s wife.

MISA-Zimbabwe is monitoring the situation and will give details on the incident as they emerge.