State Media Announces Fake Arrest Of MDC MP, Police Spokesperson Confirms It. What Mess Could This Be?
17 October 2019
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Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi

By Paul Nyathi|State run Chronicle Newspaper on Thursday woke up with highly sensational yet misleading front page report that MDC Member of Parliament for Magwegwe Constituency Anele Ndebele has been arrested for raping and impregnating a young school girl.

According to the report Ndebele is accused of raping an Upper Six pupil who learns at a school in Kezi, Matabeleland South Province.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi is said to have confirmed the MP’s arrest yesterday.

“I can confirm that we received a rape report against a 47-year-old male who is a politician. He is a member of the House of Assembly for Magwegwe Constituency. The victim in this case is a minor therefore I cannot divulge further details. The matter is under investigation and the accused is assisting us with investigations,” said Asst Commissioner Nyathi.

The opposition parliamentarian has since come out disputing the whole issue indicating that he is under no arrest nor police investigations for any form of crime including the rape allegations.

Below is Honourable Ndebele’s position on the issue.

Morning family.

l wish to bring it to your attention that l am accused of raping a minor and impregnanting her.

While this is dishonourable. I would like to assure you once more that l am a victim of fake news.l did not do what l am alleged to have done.

l have called on the police for the last 24hours to provide me with details on the issue.The charge sheet has not been coming.Yet l am vilified by the State Media who for reasons unknown to me have had access to the charge sheet.l am traumatised.

There are indications that l am under arrest but l am not.

l shall leave the story here for our spokespersons to interface with the media and shall not comment on the matter again.

You have my deepest assurance that this is fake news again!

Efforts to get a comment from police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, quoted in the state media report have so far not been successful.