Moyse charged

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Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ) director Andrew Moyse was yesterday charged with publishing statements denigrating President Robert Mugabe by Gwanda police.

His lawyer Kossam Ncube confirmed the development.
He said Moyse was charged with publishing statements undermining the authority of the President.

Ncube said Moyse had presented himself to the police in Gwanda in the company of lawyers on Wednesday evening but was ordered to return the following day.

“A warned-and-cautioned statement was recorded from him, but they did not detain him. They said they would summon him if they want him to help with investigations,” Ncube said.

Early this month, Moyse was picked up at his Harare office by five members of the Criminal Investigation Department Law and Order section on suspicion of “publishing or communicating falsehoods prejudicial to the State” under section 31 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

He was later released without charge although police seized documents, DVDs and videos at his offices.

Moyse’s arrest follows the recent incarceration of three MMPZ monitors — Fadzai December, Molly Chimbanda and Gilbert Mabusa — at Gwanda Prison on charges of distributing subversive material against President Mugabe.