Moyo speaks on Sunday Mail editor’s arrest

via Moyo speaks on Sunday Mail editor’s arrest - NewsDay Zimbabwe. 20 June 2014 by Nduduzo Tshuma

 

Information Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo on Friday said the arrest of Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi was an indication that there is rule of law in Zimbabwe.

NDUDUZO TSHUMA

Speaking at a graduation ceremony for a Bulawayo based journalism school, Moyo said judging from the way Kudzayi was arrested on Thursday the journalist could be facing a serious offence.

However, the minister said this did not mean that there was anything ‘special’ happening at Zimpapers, the publishers of The Sunday Mail.

Armed police officers on Thursday morning raided Kudzayi’s office after visiting his home.

The detectives reportedly confiscated his computer, iPad and mobile phone among other things.

Kudzayi, who replaced Brezhnev Malaba as editor of the paper early this year under controversial circumstances, reportedly handed himself over to the police.

Moyo said the arrest should not alarm people but serve to assure them that there is rule of law in Zimbabwe.

“There is nothing special to say about what is happening, to address members of the practicing fraternity, except to say what is happening is very serious indeed from whatever perspective one may look at it and this is with respect to the situation at Zimpapers and the arrest of the Sunday Mail editor,” the minister said.

“I think all rational fair minded people will understand that when police take action or when law enforcement agents take action, it should give us from a legal constitutional point of view some relief that at least the rule of law or the course of justice is taking place.

“It’s much easier for everyone concerned especially when we take into account the fact that there is no individual and indeed no institution that is above the law.”

Moyo said it was good that legal processes were being respected in dealing with Kudzayi’s case.

“That is always far better than sitting to resolve an issue through other means,” he said.

“That is the essence of a constitutional democracy that a matter, however, important is ultimately resolved in terms of the law and in this connection I am very pleased that Zimpapers have made it very clear that they are a law abiding institution and that they are going to fully cooperate with the law enforcement authorities in terms of the law.”

Kudzayi’s arrest has been linked to President Robert Mugabe’s outburst a fortnight ago where he labeled Moyo a devil incarnate for allegedly employing editors who had links with the opposition.

On Thursday police also visited Zimbabwe Independent offices searching for the paper’s editor Dumisani Muleya.

In an incident that police say was not linked to Kudzayi’s arrest burglars broke into Chronicle editor Mduduzi Mathuthu’s house in Bulawayo the same morning.

The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists has called on the police to halt the harassment of the journalists.

 

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23 comments on “Moyo speaks on Sunday Mail editor’s arrest
  1. Chaka says:

    ‘The rule of law is in place….no individual or party is above the law’. What a statement. There are exceptions to the above statement and Zimbos know that.

  2. Roving Ambassador says:

    Yeah Moyo, ZANU has got you by the where they want. You can truly sing for you master now.

  3. Rwendo says:

    For what was an emmerging Moyo fan club, this is the difference between a confidence trickster and a true ‘Saul on the road to Damascus’. Caesar shouted “Heel!” and the errant dog has heeled.

  4. Wilbert Mukori says:

    Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo says the arrest of thee Sunday Mail editor, Edmund Kudzayi, by armed Police showed something “very serious” was happening but was relieved the course of justice was taking place.

    “I think all rational fair minded people will understand that when police take action or when law enforcement agents take action, it should give us from a legal constitutional point of view some relief that at least the rule of law or the course of justice is taking place,” said the Minister.

    “It’s much easier for everyone concerned especially when we take into account the fact that there is no individual and indeed no institution that is above the law.”

    What is he talking about now? Since when has Mugabe, the Police and the courts before whom the poor editor will be appearing are all “above the law”. They are a law unto themselves!

    Mugabe was boasting in Bolivia of having won free, fair and credible elections but the West, his “detractors have remained trapped in their negative posture”. Within hours of returning he is the one back doing what he has been doing arresting and harassing journalists for doing the duty of informing the public!

    Mugabe is set in his way; he is an unrepentant corrupt and murderous tyrant who has dragged the nation right up to the very gates of hell and is now ready to take it beyond the point of no-return rather than give up power!

    • Petal says:

      What is most surprising MISA or Amnesty International are mum when all this is happening to journalists Surely they should be really vocal and insistent

  5. Dube says:

    The red Indian would of said “Moyo speaks with a forked tongue”. His party know exactly what he is. That is why they keep him so close. This time they missed a trick. Moyo is maneuvering himself within a faction. For us Moyo will end up the hated hero. I hope they keep him, for Moyo as the snake he is will bite a few more.

  6. Mandevu says:

    Oh come on Moyo. Get real

  7. Baba WaNgwarai says:

    Moyo moving on .NGWARAI

  8. Chanisa says:

    Try not to repeat whole passages from the original story. It makes your post tiring to read… Yes Mugabe is murderous.

  9. NBS says:

    Moyo there is NO rile of law in Zimbabwe and you know it. God hates lawlessness and we have become a lawless nation by and large with an ungodly justice system

  10. Operation Vote Well says:

    Moyo the wevil put him in place with no approval from peticoatburo, now he saves his life from being ditched by ZPF what a trickster

  11. biend says:

    Shame,he is now singing for his bread,it shows this Party will never change,so sanctions must remain,the economy is on a downward spiral

  12. Brian says:

    Law? Zim? Computer says NO. Moyo. Joyo. Joko. Joke. Did it in three! Dictators hate mockery. Just ask Adolph. First targets? Jews, homosexuals and Berlin film/cabaret culture. Imagine the scene – RGM to mistress/future wife “How does Singapore sound?” She: “Why not New York or Paris?” Laugh? I nearly chucked.

  13. Onyonyoo says:

    Biend and Briain read rhe article again………!

  14. LUCY says:

    Moyo labelled weevil by RGM manages to worm his way out of trouble. The War Vets who a week ago wanted him out are now silent.Then this week Moyo’s appointees find themselves hunted and accused

    Smell a rat..Moyo must have sold them to Bob on a platter.That man knows more than he is letting on. And his wishy washy statement at the graduation ceremony just doesn’t add up.

  15. dis story reminds me of a wolf in a sheep skin .

  16. Onyonyoo says:

    Lucy and homeboy Lemonade, …see the cream you still can’t see which side of the bread is buttered? The Pfessor only said the arrest indicates that there was rule of law in Zimbabwe and I also think there is…. let the editor carry his cross if he can… The Scientist was silenced for 4 years last time I checked.And remember he was once accussed of some sinister scheme of appointing these editors……so don’t fall asleep.

  17. Brian says:

    Dear Onyonyoo, my intent is to use humour to undercut self-inflated egotists/ pariah-messiahs and corrupt leaders. So, RGM is your sainted uncle? How do you spell it? Gukuru something? Anyway RGM reckons it’s all very regrettable so that’s ok. He’s off to Singapore! More “eye” treatment

  18. Zviroto says:

    ZANU PF inodya vana vayo!!! Nothhing new here. How anybody can be Baba Jukwa and mai Jukwa at the same time, just doesn’t add up. This case will crumble like a bag of pumpkins. The Diaspora returnee will then look for his passport again.

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