Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) journalists Blessed Mhlanga and Chengeto Chidi spent Saturday night in police holding cells at Harare Central Police Station following their arrest in Chitungwiza.
According to the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Mhlanga and Chidi were arrested for discharging their professional duties as media practitioners.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) accuses the scribes of taking video footage in a polling station in contravention of Section 147(1) of the Electoral Act as read with Section 25 of SI 21 of 2005, a charge which they deny.
Mhlanga and Chidi said that they were at a borehole interviewing some residents about water challenges in Chitungwiza.
Mhlanga also pressed malicious damage to property charges against Superintendent Matsika, who seized and damaged his mobile phone handset, a Pr0 40 Huawei, before releasing it.
Police officers are also accused of confiscating the journalists’ camera and a tripod.