Mtisi Present, from the Zimbabwe Attorneys for Human Rights stated he’s being charged with “peddling falsehoods,” including they’re awaiting the total listing of costs.
“He’s nonetheless being detailed and is more likely to seem in courtroom Saturday after spending the night time in police custody,” Present advised CNN.
Earlier Friday, Chin’ono posted on his Twitter account that police had arrested him at house and wrote that he was being charged with “speaking falsehoods”.
Chin’ono was granted bail in September 2020, after greater than a month in jail, a number of courtroom appearances the place he was charged with inciting violence in July forward of a deliberate anti-government protest — a cost his legal professionals deny.
As a part of his stringent bail circumstances, Chin’ono was banned from social media and was not allowed to go away the capital Harare.
The second arrest occurred in November of the identical yr, the place he was arrested for obstruction of justice, in addition to demeaning the nation’s Nationwide Prosecution Authority.
The journalist final yr investigated allegations of corruption regarding the procurement of Covid-19 provides by the well being ministry, based on Amnesty Worldwide which accused the Zimbabwe authorities of utilizing state’s safety forces to silence critics.
Docs in Zimbabwe routinely complain of insufficient protecting gear of their struggle in opposition to Covid-19 as instances surge and the nation battles a brand new wave of infections.
After the Christmas holidays, Zimbabwe recorded a rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths, elevating fears for an already fragile healthcare system.
The federal government has urged residents to stick to the lockdown, which incorporates motion restrictions to all however essentially the most important providers.
The reopening of colleges has been postponed indefinitely, following a Covid-19 outbreak in faculties final time period, whereas outlets will solely be open till three pm each day.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew can also be in place to keep away from night time gatherings and occasions.