AN editor at a Gweru newspaper and a former Central Intelligence Organisation operative have been arrested for allegedly demanding more than $6,000 from a local businessman who was filmed while taking a bath in his butchery for suspected ritual purposes.

Tendai Manhundu-Marobana of the Monitor Newspaper and Jonathan Madamombe were arrested on Monday for allegedly trying to extort the cash from Mr Emton Masvuure.

Acting Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende yesterday said the duo was assisting police with investigations.

“Yes I can confirm that the Editor at Midlands Monitor and her alleged accomplice are in custody assisting police with investigations into alleged extortion of a local businessman. They are expected to appear in court soon,” said Asst Insp Mukwende.

Sources told The Chronicle yesterday that Manhundu-Marobana was arrested at her offices in the Gweru Central Business District after allegedly taking $100 trap money that had been photocopied and handed to her by police details.

They said Manhundu-Marobana allegedly threatened to publish a story in the Monitor about the businessman bathing in his butchery and demanded money to kill it.