By Staff Reporter
With one week left to the Young Journalist Association, YOJA, election incumbent Secretary General Phill Jambaya condemned the violence his aspiring replacement Ruvimbo Muchenje an acclaimed journalist formerly with the Newsday and currently with Newshalks today at a rally in Chinhoyi.
“NewsHawks journalist and YOJA aspiring secretary general Ruvimbo Muchenje has been attacked and beaten up at a CCC rally in Chinhoyi at Gahadzima ground.” Phil Jambaya said in a statement.
It is to the knowledge of the young journalistic representative body that “Muchenje who is a multimedia journalist was trying to find her way into the Stadium and got herself beaten up by Citizens Coalition for Change party security who attempted to block her from entering.” Jambaya said in a statement.
Furthermore, “She was forced on to the ground made to roll , leaving her dress torn.” The statement further emphasised.
The youth bodies highlighted that “YOJA strongly condemns this barbaric behavior by CCC supporters and is calling upon the party to issue an apology, and deal with its rogue security members.YOJA will soon engage CCC and make a police report against these misguided elements.” YOJA Outgoing Secretary General ,Phil Jambaya said Iin a statement.
With the country in heightened political engagement pending the 2023 general elections, it remains that journalist’s are potential victims as rouge elements within politics turn violent.
Other journalist representative bodies are yet to issue statement’s as the incident comes barely a month after journalist’s were attacked at a CCC rally and the Party’s President had failed to guarantee journalist’s safety at a Press Conference in Harare upon arrival from the Gokwe violence.