Standard editor’s woes worsen

Barely a day after Standard newspaper editor Nevanji Madanhire was granted bail on charges of criminal defamation the police on 17 November 2011 visited Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) saying they wanted to question him yet again on a different matter.

Nevanji Madanhire
Nevanji Madanhire

The detectives that visited AMH, publishers of the Standard weekly, said they wanted him in connection with a story published in the paper’s issue of 1 October 2011. The story alleged that co – Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi was trying to force new farmers off their land and allocate it to his son and nephew.

After failing to locate Madanhire, the detectives left strict instructions for him to report at Harare Central Police station on 18 November 2011.


On 16 November 2011 Madanhire and reporter Nqaba Matshazi were granted US$100 bail each by Harare Magistrate Sandra Mupindu on charges of criminal defamation.

They are being charged with criminal defamation and theft of documents. The charges arise from the publication of a story by the weekly on businessman Munyaradzi Kereke’s medical aid company, GreenCard, allegedly facing collapse.

They were remanded to 20 December 2011 when their trial is expected to commence.

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