Thursday, 5 October 2017

Journalist granted bail after Grace Mugabe “underwear” story


A Zimbabwean journalist arrested for writing a story deemed insulting to first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, was granted bail on Wednesday, his lawyers said.

Kenneth Nyangani of the privately-owned Newsday newspaper was arrested on Monday over an article that the first lady allegedly donated clothes, including used underwears, to supporters of her husband’s Zanu-PF party.



Grace Mugabe is a notorious shopper with a penchant for designer goods, and just this week was reported by local press to have purchased a new Rolls Royce – in cash.

Nyangani was charged with “criminal nuisance,” which carries a maximum six-month prison term, and ordered released on bail.

Passmore Nyakureba from Legal Aid Group Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said “Nyangani has been granted bail but we will go back to court on Oct. 18 for further remand.

“We are likely to challenge the charge.

“Nyangani has denied any wrongdoing; the charges are malicious and are a violation of constitutional rights.

“His right to practice his profession as a journalist has been seriously threatened.”

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