Bulawayo Journalists goes into hiding after CIO visit
BULAWAYO based photojournalist Crispen Ndlovu has reportedly gone into hiding after suspected members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) visited his home last Friday night.
The journalist was recently arrested while covering the foiled demonstration by the Bulawayo Unemployed Youth Arise (BUYA). He was heavily assaulted by the police and had to be admitted to a city health facility. He is currently out on free bail together with other six protesters who were arrested while attempting to launch their protest.
In an interview. Ndlovu said he has since fled his home as he is fearing for his life.
“I was coming from work on Friday, when I found a white Nissan double cab vehicle parked by my gate. I immediately recognized some of the occupants in the vehicle as I have seen them before while covering state functions.
I immediately called my lawyers and also asked a friend to come pick me up,” said Ndlovu. He is being represented by Abammeli Human Rights lawyers.
Ndlovu said concerned friends went to check on his house after some hours and found the vehicle was still parked in front of his gate. Ndlovu said since then he has not returned to his residence and has sought refuge at some safe house.
Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Zimbabwe) issued an alert on Saturday.
“Freelance journo #CrispenNdlovu taken to safe house last night by @abammeli after reports of unmarked vehicle parked @ his house (sic),” the media organization tweeted.
Contacted for a comment, Tineyi Mukwewa of Abammeli confirmed the incident.
“An unmarked vehicle parked at his house on Friday night. Fortunately, he was not home at that time and he managed to retreat to safety.
“Another vehicle was spotted at his house on Sunday and he has been receiving phone calls from strangers asking about his whereabouts,” said Mukwewa.
He added that they will a police complaint so that they can institute investigations into the matter.