Zimbabwe: Tuku Burial - NewZimbabwe.com CEO Detained By Soldiers

NewZimbabwe.com CEO Jeff Madzingo.
27 January 2019

Soldiers detained NewZimbabwe.com CEO Jeff Madzingo as he attended the burial of national hero and legendary singer Oliver Mtukudzi on Sunday.

Tuku, who died last Wednesday and was declared a national hero, was buried Sunday at his Madziwa rural home in Mashonaland central province.

His homestead was reportedly swarming with soldiers even though President Emmerson Mnangagwa did not attend the burial.

Madzingo said a soldier seized him as police officers and military personnel blocked former deputy prime minister Thokozani Khupe and MDC leader Nelson Chamisa from entering Tuku's homestead.

"They accused of filming them with my mobile phone which I never did," said Madzingo.

"I was detained for more than two hours, being moved from one place to the other as they looked for senior commanders who were supposed to decide my fate.

"They demanded that I hand over my phone, but I refused, insisting that I had not filmed any soldiers. I even showed them what I had recorded but they still wouldn't let me go.

"I was eventually released after some colleagues gave the soldiers their IDs and guarantees which had been demanded."

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