Police search Radio Dialogue offices

via Police search Radio Dialogue offices | SW Radio Africa  by Mthulisi Mathuthu on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Police in Bulawayo on Tuesday searched the Radio Dialogue offices, for what they claimed was ‘broadcasting material capable of dispatching information which can harm the interest of the state’.

Radio Dialogue production manager, Zenzele Ndebele, said about 10 police and CIO officers pitched up at the community radio station’s offices around mid-day and searched for the equipment, which they did not find.

Ndebele said when the police called at the office he was away but he received a phone call that he should report at Hillside police station. On arrival he was shown a search warrant which said the police had the information that he had ‘radio transmission equipment.’

Ndebele said the police, who were in the company of officials from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz), then told him to lead them to his house where they searched and again found nothing.

Last month Ndebele was acquitted on charges of contravening broadcasting laws. The charges arose after Ndebele was arrested last year following a police raid on Radio Dialogue during which police seized 180 radio sets. The radios in question were ordinary receivers with no transmitting capacity. Ndebele said he had no clue whether the latest development was related to the resolved case.

Radio Dialogue is a member of the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) which is pushing for the opening of the airwaves to multiple players.


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    Roving Ambassador 9 years ago

    That’sJ Moyo for you.
    He has to sing for his supper.
    Never trust anyone in ZANU.
    Be warned.

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    apolitical 9 years ago

    Difficult to understand, is the news something illegal was going on and police didn’t find the evidence. A sort of cerebration that yet another crook got away?

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    When has it become a crime to own a receive which only receives broadcast frequencies? As far as I know from my previous work experience on frequency allocations only those receivers which have receiving bandwidths covering the special bands allocated to the services like- aircraft,police,civil defense etc.are forbidden.These sets are normally not manufactured for the public,therefore its impossible to see them on the market.

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      vovonde 9 years ago

      The Duponts and Lardnerburghs still with us. Saka udzvanyiriri bwacho bwa maiti murikubvisa zvabwatova nezvizukuru wani. Munhu mutema wakaimbwa na Thomas Mapfumo achiri muvudzvanyiriri big time..nana Bob 34 years ..from the frying pan into the fire externally.
      When are we going to freely express our God given right to discuss human rights, freedom of speech, and free and fair elections.
      I cannot express how I have suffered emotionally since Smith’s UDI then the subsequent so called independence (1980) till 34 years thereafter-lies, lies, deception after deception. Shoko raMwari rinoti “Musanyengerwa, Mwari haadadirwi, icho chinodyara mhunhu ndochaacha cheka zve”

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