JUST IN: No joy for jailed corruption whistle-blower Hopewell Chin’ono

Hopewell Chin'ono

High Court judge Justice Tawanda Chitapi on Monday said he will hand down judgment on investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono’s bail appeal on Thursday, 6 August 2020.

This means that Chin’ono’s two-week detention has been extended by another three days.

Chin’ono and opposition leader Jacob Ngarivhume’s hearings were due to be heard by the High Court last Thursday but were postponed to today.

Both men were arrested a fortnight ago on allegations of inciting public violence after they reportedly used social media to support calls for anti-corruption protests on 31 July.

Chin’ono has been working tirelessly over the past few months to expose corrupt government officials, with the major story being the Draxgate in which the Ministry of Health purchased medical sundries from a controversial company at highly inflated prices.

Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa recently said Chin’ono was not arrested for exposing corruption but for inciting public violence.

However, analysts believe Chin’ono was targeted for exposing high-level graft and his arrest serves to warn other journalists not to report on corruption by the political elites.

— Pindula

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