Gukurahundi Journalist Faces 5 Years In Prison For Possession Of Used Teargas Canister

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Gukurahundi Journalist Faces 5 Years In Prison For Possession Of Used Teargas Canister

Bulawayo based journalist and Director of the Centre for Innovation & Technology (CITE), Zenzele Ndebele was arrested at President Mnangagwa’s meeting with civil society organisations in at State House in Bulawayo today.

Gukurahundi Journalist Faces 5 Years In Prison For Possession Of Used Teargas Canister

Ndebele who is known for documenting the Gukurahundi Massacres faces up to five years in prison after he was charged under section 43 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act which criminalises “possession of offensive weapons at public gatherings”.

The charge came about after the police ransacked the Cite Zimbabwe offices and alleged that they had found a used teargas canister. If the journalist is convicted on the charge, he faces a maximum fine of $2 000 or five years in prison or both.

In September, Ndebele was summoned and questioned by the police over his latest documentary “Gukurahundi Genocide: 36 years later” which was released on the 30th of September.

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