by Irene Madongo
02 August 2011
The editor of the Zimbabwe Standard newspaper, Nevanji Madanhire and reporter Patience Nyangove were on Friday further remanded to August 31 over charges of criminal defamation.
The pair was arrested in June over a story which reported on Jameson Timba’s arrest for allegedly undermining the authority of Robert Mugabe. Timba is Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office.
The State alleges that Nyangove falsely reported that Timba was arrested by police officers who included ‘the notorious Chrispen Makedenge’ when Makedenge was not present or involved in the arrest.
After their arrest, Madanhire was freed on US$100 bail, and Nyangove was released on free bail. Madanhire was ordered to report once every fortnight to the police Law and Order section. Their case was remanded to 29 July. It has now been further shifted.
On Tuesday Nyangove told SW Radio Africa she believed the state had deliberately targeted her.
“This is a deliberate case to harass us journalists,” she said.
She added: “We were further remanded to August 31. It is not pleasant – you know anything can happen, the case might drag on for years and you basically can’t move on with your life.”