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Standard reporter freed at last

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Standard reporter Nqobani Ndlovu Friday tasted freedom for the first time in nine days after he walked out of Khami Remand Prison gates on the outskirts of Bulawayo at 1.20pm to be received by relatives and colleagues.

Ndlovu, who was in a jovial mood, looked strong and relaxed.

As soon as he walked out, Ndlovu cracked a joke “back from college, I have acquired my degree,” he said with smiles lighting his face.

He spent nine days in remand prison after the State represented by Trust Muduma invoked section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, suspending the bail which had been granted by Bulawayo magistrate, Sibongile Msipa.

Ndlovu was arrested on Wednesday last week in Bulawayo in connection with a story published in the Standard which spoke about retired police officers and war veterans being recalled to occupy vacant top posts in the force to direct operations during the next polls.

The call, according to the Standard “follows the scrapping of this year’s promotional examination for the police force, which were scheduled to start in early November”.

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