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Standard editor faces arrest

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The Standard newspaper editor, Nevanji Madanhire and his deputy Walter Marwizi are facing arrest after officers from Harare Central Monday visited Alpha Media Holdings offices looking for the duo.

It was not clear why the police were looking for Marwizi but Madanhire is wanted in connection with a story written by journalist Nqobani Ndlovu over a story on the postponement of police promotional examinations.

Detective Assistant Inspector Murira, who was in the company of two other officers, arrived around
9am looking for Madanhire, who was unavailable.

They insisted that Madanhire hand himself over to the police station CID Law and Order Harare office.

On Sunday night, police are said to have visited Marwizi’s Arcadia home before returning at 5am Monday.

Nevanji’s lawyer, Tawanda Nyamasoka of Artherston and Cook, yesterday said he was frantically trying to get in touch with the police.

“I have been trying to contact Assistant Inspector Murira but have so far failed. I was advised that he was locked up in meetings with his superiors,” said Nyamasoka.

Ndlovu was released on Friday after spending nine days at Khami Remand Prison on the outskirts of Bulawayo.

He is being charged with “publishing a defamatory statement against police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri and the police force in general”.

Nqobani’s arrest received national and worldwide condemnation, with human rights groups accusing police of being heavy-handed.

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