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Zim journalist Pindai Dube freed after two nights in Moza police custody

By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWEAN journalist, Pindai Dube, arrested Friday for allegedly conducting interviews in Mozambique’s strife-torn Pemba Cabo Delgado province, was released Sunday without charge.

The area is 1,600km from Mozambique’s port city of Beira and 2,000km from the border with Zimbabwe.

Dube, who is eNCA Zimbabwe correspondent, was arrested together with his two Mozambican fixers, James Chithlangu (interpreter) and Manuel Ndarambiua (driver).

Lawyers have confirmed the trio’s release.

Dube, who covers Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, was conducting interviews in an area that has seen the shock beheading of 40 people by the Islamist group called Al Suna WaJamah or Alshabab recently.

The disturbances have led to the displacement of over 2000 with 800 homes burnt since the onset of the crisis October last year.

He was accused of entering a war zone and filming without permission.

Dube and his colleagues were represented by Amnesty International lawyer, Advocate Momade Bacar who was collaborating with some Zimbabwean lawyers.

Mozambique is seen as media friendly but has taken a tougher stance against journalists attempting to report the recent terrorist acts in its troubled territory.

Gary Murambiwa
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