Masiyiwa distances self from Tribune

Eric Chiriga

ASSOCIATED Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) chairman Strive Masiyiwa has dismissed allegations that his group is interested in buying the Tribune newspaper.



ana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>”I am not interested in acquiring a competing newspaper because we already own a newspaper. I believe the Supreme Court will rule in favour of the Daily News in its bid to resume operations,” Masiyiwa said in a statement to the Zimbabwe Independent last week.


The Tribune is threatened with closure after the Media and Information Commission (MIC) this week said the paper was publishing illegally. The MIC said the new shareholders of the Tribune had not informed the media body of changes in the ownership of the paper.


Last week the government launched a scathing attack on Tribune publisher and Zanu PF MP for Makonde Kindness Paradza over stories published in the paper.


Masiyiwa said he had not met Paradza in almost a decade.


“I have not seen Paradza for nearly 10 years. I did not know he even owned a newspaper, I think people often forget that I have not been in Zimbabwe for more than four years,” he said.


Masiyiwa’s comments come in the wake of assertions widely circulated in the state media alleging that in a bid to buy a controlling stake in Africa Tribune Newspapers (Pvt) Ltd, Paradza had enlisted the assistance of senior ANZ officials to secure financial support from Britain.


Last Wednesday Zanu PF’s Mashonaland West province suspended Paradza from carrying out party duties in his constituency. State media has consistently attacked Masiyiwa.


“I have become accustomed to attacks by the state media. This has been going on for more than 10 years now. I am used to it now and I know that ordinary Zimbabweans are also used to it,” Masiyiwa said.


“I thought it would end when I left the country but they now fight with my shadow,” he added.

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