Deputy Finance Minister Terence Mukupe has filed assault charges against NewsDay reporter Blessed Mhlanga.
Speaking to NewZimbabwe.com, Mhlanga confirmed he had been summoned by the police. He also said Mukupe had replaced his wife’s Samsung S7 with a counterfeit phone. Said Mhlanga:
Yes I have been called by Law and Order and will report tomorrow (Tuesday) at 2.30 pm. The issue has not been finalised; I have the handset yes, but it has no title on it and he (Mukupe) is refusing to hand over the receipts. We decided not to use it now.
Mukupe assaulted Mhlanga during a live interview on SFM where the two had been invited to discuss a story in the NewsDay written by the reporter quoting Mukupe saying the military will not let Nelson Chamisa rule in the event that he won the forthcoming election.