HARARE – The security personnel who were manning the Nelson Chamisa’s State Of The Nation Address in Mbare this Tuesday reportedly harassed journalist, Robert Tapfumanei.
This is not the first time for reporters to be harassed at an MDC gathering. In 2018, MDC youths harassed journalists at a Press Conference to confirm Chamisa as president
On September 1, 2019, MDC security agents grabbed and confiscated a Canon 6D digital camera belonging to local journalist Ari Goldstein during the party’s rally in Glen View, Harare on 1 September 2019.
The campaigning rally was for Vincent Tsvangirai, the son of the late former Prime Minister, Morgan.
Ironically, the opposition party is accusing the ruling ZANU PF of stalling media reforms in the country.
Luke Tamborinyoka, the Deputy Spokesperson of the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa has issued a statement apologising over the harassment of journalist Robert Tapfumaneyi.
We present the statement in full below.
Dear colleagues. My sincerest apologies over the way Robert Tapfumaneyi has been treated by our overzealous security personnel. I sincerely and profusely apologise on behalf of the MDC which does not condone such dastardly acts.
I have engaged and personally spoken and apologised to Robert about the whole event.
In the meantime, I am engaging the security department so that stern action is taken against the responsible individuals.