Masvingo – Police yesterday summoned The Mirror over a story that the newspaper carried in which Ezra Chadzamira, the Minister of State for Masvingo is accused of stopping cops from investigating his brother.
The officers from CID Law and Order Detective Edwin Masiwa, Sergeant Everstone Tarwirei and Sergeant Ropafadzo Takaindesa wanted to take a statement from Mirror Special Desk Editor, Garikai Mafirakureva for alleged falsehoods against the Minister.
They could not proceed to take the statement after Mafirakureva asked to bring his lawyer. They told Mafirakureva that they will call him after consulting their superiors.
There were contradictions in Police statements yesterday. The three sergeants insisted that everyone involved in the skirmishes was arrested while Inspector Kudakwashe Dhewa who is the Provincial spokesperson told The Mirror in an interview that Police had no such case in its books.
Last week The Mirror carried a story on January 06, 2022 in which The Mirror reporter, Simbarashe Mtembo wrote that Amos Kanjera complained against Masvingo Police for failing to arrest Dennis Chadzamira whom he accused of assaulting him. Dennis who is said to be a brother to Minister Chadzamira allegedly assaulted the complainant during Zanu PF provincial elections on December 28, 2021.
Kanjera alleged that Dennis and another accused Trust Muganji have not been arrested because Chadzamira stopped the Police from taking action.
Police spokesperson Kudakwashe Dhewa said he was going to look for the case when The Mirror contacted him for comment last week. He said that Police had no such case when reporters made a follow-up yesterday.
The Mirror however, has the RRB number of the case which is CR98/12/21. The paper also has a doctor’s report which confirms that the complainant was assaulted.
Chadzamira’s phone went unanswered when The Mirror tried to seek his comment.
“I looked into that issue and I can tell you that Police has no such case,” said Dhewa.
“Your story is false because every accused person was arrested. The complainant was initially referred to Masvingo because the police officer manning Mashava Police station thought all cases of political violence are dealt with by CID Law and Order at the Central Police Station,” said Masiwa.
Media Institute of Zimbabwe (MISA) director Thabani Moyo said Police should file a complaint against The Mirror with the Voluntary Media Commission of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) or other relevant media governing bodies and not harass journalists.