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Journalists refuse to testify in treason case

18 Sep, 2017
Journalists Mlondolozi Ndlovu and Malvern Mkudu and Media Centre Director Earnest Mudzengi refused to testify as state witnesses.

High Court Judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi on  18 September 2017 excused from treason trial proceedings journalists Mlondolozi Ndlovu, Malvern Mkudu and Media Centre Director Earnest Mudzengi who had been summoned to testify as state witnesses. 

The trio had been summoned in connection with the treason case relating to the bombing of Gushungo Dairy farm. The journalists, who are represented by MISA Zimbabwe’s Media Lawyers Network member Chris Mhike, objected to testifying as state witnesses for reasons that are yet to be disclosed.

They are expected to make their submissions later on in the trial.

Background

The case arises from an article that was written by journalist Mlondolozi Ndlovu on 21 August 2015 headlined:  Pressure on Mugabe as another demonstration is set for Harare…New party declares war on Mugabe. The story had been written from a press statement by Owen Kachata.

Kachata was later arrested together with Borman Ngwenya, Solomon Makumbe and Silas Pfupa while in possession of Molotov cocktails that they allegedly wanted to use to bomb Alpha Omega Dairies, Gushungo Estates, owned by President Robert Mugabe and his family.

About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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