Police on Tuesday questioned journalist Watmore Makokoba over an interview in which Owen Kuchata, the chairman of Joice Mujuru’s emergent Zimbabwe People First party threatened demonstrations.
According to Kumbirai Mafunda, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights whose member Gift Mtisi represented Makokoba, he was the fourth journalist to be quizzed by cops over the Kuchata interview published by the Zimbabwe Sentinel news portal.
Kuchata was recently jailed nine years after being convicted for attempting to blow up president Robert Mugabe’s Gushungo dairy in Mazowe.
“Police at Harare Central Police Station on Tuesday 19 April 2016, interrogated Watmore Makokoba, a freelance journalist, over the publication of a story, which police detectives took interest in and which quoted jailed Zimbabwe People Front Party leader Owen Kuchata declaring that his political party would roll out demonstrations to compel President Robert Mugabe to step down as leader of the troubled southern African country,” Mafunda said in a statement. “Makokoba, who was accompanied by human rights lawyer, Gift Mtisi of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, was also quizzed about his relationship with Kuchata and how he came to know him before he was let off after close to six hours of interrogation. Makokoba becomes the fourth journalist to be quizzed over the publication of the story, which it is believed authorities would want to rely on in prosecuting Kuchata for allegedly committing treason.”
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