CHINHOYI — The publisher and editor of The Weekly Mirror, a Mashonaland West provincial newspaper, Dennis Kagonye, was yesterday arrested for operating a media house without a licence from the Zimbabwe Media Commission.
Kagonye, who faces charges under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) is expected to appear in court today.
Police also confiscated a computer from his offices.
Provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ian Kohwera could not be reached for comment.
But sources said Kagonye’s arrest was linked to a story published in his paper on September 21 headlined “Chief terrorises defiant headman” alleging Chief Try Manyepa Dandawa, a known Zanu PF activist, was fighting headman Redson Chisango for refusing to relinquish his headmanship for the chief’s long-serving aide, only identified as Chipungu.
The State is alleging Chisango falsely gave information to the Press, claiming that his life was in danger.
Chisango was quoted in the paper claiming that Chief Dandawa wanted to cause his arrest and detention by the police without charge.
Headman Chisango was a fortnight ago arrested and brought to court facing criminal defamation charges. He is out on free bail.
Kagonye, a former Chinhoyi parliamentary aspirant, was last week quizzed by police detectives over the story before his arrest yesterday after he was summoned to the police station.