Alex Tawanda Magaisa, the former chief of staff in the office of the late former Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai has said he worries for detained journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume.
He says he is worried for a number of reasons including that the duo is being targeted for exposing corruption within President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s circle. He said:
In the case of Chin’ono, many see the incarceration as vindictive punishment for exposing members of President Mnangagwa and his family in an explosive corruption scandal over the supply of medical goods.
Britain’s ITV news once asked former President and now the late, Robert Mugabe after his removal about the character of his successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. He doesn’t forget, said Mugabe. “If a person steps on his shoes or toes, he will go after you”. Observers see this episode as Mnangagwa “going after” the journalist who stepped on his toes.
Magaisa also said he is worried because the two are being denied bail and were reportedly transferred to Chikurubi maximum prison.
He further argued that Chin’ono and Ngarivhume are being denied some freedoms including jackets. They are also potentially exposed to COVID-19 and he also believes it is possible for the state to send intelligence officers after them.