Deputy Finance Minister Terence Mukupe has been reported to the Zimbabwe Republic Police for assaulting NewsDay journalist Blessed Mhlanga’s wife Florence and stealing her mobile phone.
A police report was made at Highlands Police Station under case number, RRB3533752. In the police report Mhlanga alleges Mukupe threatened to assault him saying he wanted to “teach him a lesson”. After being restrained by his aides, Mukupe charged towards Mhlanga’s wife who had taken her phone to record the fracas that was ensuing. Mhlanga alleges Mukupe stole his wife’s phone as she had recorded video evidence of the deputy minister charging towards him.
Mukupe and Mhlanga had gone to a State radio station to debate over a story in which the minister was quoted as having said the military would not allow MDC-T leader, Nelson Chamisa to rule if he wins the forthcoming elections.