By Mutsa Makuvaza
OUTSPOKEN journalist Hopewell Chin’ono believes he was put in jail on the direct orders of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Although Chin’ono is out of jail on bail at the moment, he spent just over six weeks in an overcrowded Harare prison cell, together with lightweight politician Jacob Ngarivhume as the State accused them of plotting to remove an elected Government by force via street protests.
The journalist, who is a former iTV News producer, told iTV News that it was exposing that corruption in President Mnangagwa’s government that got him arrested.
“Mr Mnangagwa was supposed to bring an end to the oppression and corruption of his predecessor, Robert Mugabe,” says Chin’ono.
Chin’ono sensationally claims, without proffering evidence, that prison officers including the officer in charge at Chikurubi Maximum Security prison where he was incarcerated, told him they were receiving orders “from the top”.
He also alleges that he was illtreated and held under conditions where social distancing was nonexistent, considering that there was a high risk of contracting the coronavirus. – Zimbabwe Voice