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Herald refuses to retract

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DESPITE the unprecedented revelation by Information minister Jonathan Moyo on Sunday that a Herald story on Chinhoyi MP Philip Chiyangwa was not true, the state-owned daily has refused to retra

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The Herald last Saturday reported that Chiyangwa, who is also Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman, was facing fresh charges of mishandling $36 million meant for public works programmes in the province. It further alleged that police quizzed Chiyangwa for about four hours.



Chiyangwa’s lawyer Wellington Chimwaradze said they had asked for a retraction from the paper but nothing has been done.


“We wrote a letter to the Herald asking for a retraction since the story was defamatory,” said Chimwaradze.


“Another letter was also written to Harare Central police station complaining about the story.


“We are now being forced to sue the Herald since it has failed to retract the story. Even Information minister Jonathan Moyo admitted that the story was false,” he said.


Moyo was quoted in the Sunday Mail as saying the Herald story was not “just false but was based on a falsehood bordering on either sponsored or calculated mischief disguised to cause and spread political confusion”.

Moyo threatened to deal with those behind the story.


He labelled them “detractors and merchants of confusion”.

Reports that Media and Information Commission chairman Tafataona Mahoso had written to Herald editor Pikirai Deketeke expressing his concern about the story could not be confirmed yesterday. Mahoso would neither confirm nor deny that he had written to Deketeke.


“Why would you want to know what we have done with Deketeke?” queried Mahoso.


“Your paper has refused to recognise the commission and if you think we are illegitimate, why do you call us?” he said.


Efforts to get a comment from Deketeke were futile as he was said to have been in a meeting the whole day.

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