Keneth Nyagani, a Zimbabwean journalist is under police custody over a story in which wich he says that the first lady, Grace Mugabe, donated underwear to members of Zanu-PF party.
Lawyer of News Day reporter, said his client will be charged with defamation for “allegedly writing and publishing a story over the donation of some used undergarments.”
However, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZHRL), a legal aid group revealed on tuesday that the reporter had been charged with criminal nuisance.
The story that was published by a private media house, News Day on Monday. The journalist was arrested on the same day, evening.
In a statement, the legal group said that “Newsday reported that Esau Mupfumi, the ZANU PF Member of Parliament for Chikanga-Dangamvura constituency handed over the donation from Grace comprising of used undergarments and night garbs to some ZANU PF party supporters at a meeting held in Mutare in Manicaland province over the weekend.”
“ZLHR understands that Mupfumi filed the report with the police and deposed to a statement which is unclear if the legislator is the complainant himself or the First Lady,” read the statement.
Reports show that the worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe are forcing many people to buy second-hand clothes, that are mainly imported from neighbouring Mozambique
Three member states in the East African Community are phasing out the importation of second-hand clothes, despite threats from the US that the move could lead to a review of the regional products’ duty-free access to the American market.