A defense lawyer in Zimbabwe says police have detained a journalist for reporting that President Robert Mugabe's wife allegedly donated used underwear and women's night gowns to party supporters

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, far right, with some of his cabinet ministers during his meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma, at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

- Associated Press
Tuesday, October 3rd 2017, 19:02 pm EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A defense lawyer in Zimbabwe says police have detained a journalist for reporting that President Robert Mugabe's wife allegedly donated used underwear and women's nightgowns to ruling party supporters.

Lawyer Passmore Nyakureba said Tuesday that Kenneth Nyangani, a reporter with the NewsDay newspaper, was detained on Monday in the eastern city of Mutare after the story was published.

Nyakureba said police initially indicated that they plan to charge Nyangani with criminal defamation, though the journalist has not yet been formally charged.

In the Newsday story published Monday, Nyangani reported that a ruling party legislator donated the clothing items on behalf of Grace Mugabe. The first lady, whose political profile has risen in the last few years, routinely donates clothing and food items to ruling party supporters at her rallies.

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