Zimbabwe police have cracked down on anti-government activists in recent days, arresting and allegedly abducting some investigative journalists, South African newspaper the Daily Maverik reported Friday.
The Daily Maverik confirmed Zimbabwe authorities abducted a member of its staff during Thursday’s crackdown.
Tawanda Muchechiwa, an anti-government activist and research assistant for Daily Maverik writer Thandekile Moyo, “was arrested with two other activists and last seen at Bulawayo police station,” although police claimed to have no knowledge of his detention.
Activists arrested and detained in Zimbabwe’s overrun jails face serious health risks during their detention amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, New Zimbabwe reported Friday.
Many detainees — such as whistle-blowing journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, abducted by authorities for reporting on government corruption last week — are forcibly held in pretrial detention facilities where the unsanitary conditions amid the pandemic pose a serious threat to their health.