Sunday Mail apologizes to Bennett for fake interview

via Sunday Mail apologizes to Bennett for fake interview ” Nehanda Radio Apr 06, 2014 By Lance Guma

The state owned but Zanu PF controlled Sunday Mail newspaper has been forced into issuing an embarrassing apology to MDC-T Treasurer General Roy Bennett after publishing an ‘exclusive’ interview purportedly with the exiled politician attacking his party leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The Sunday Mail now claims the article headlined “Bennett slams Tsvangirai”, which was carried in the March 23 issue “was written by a Bulawayo-based freelance reporter, Simba Jemwa, who has been unreachable on his mobile phone after claiming that he has a voice recording of the purported interview.”

The article claimed Bennett said Tsvangirai is “power-hungry” and “strong-handed” in resisting calls for leadership renewal. The article also claimed that Bennett ‘spoke-out’ against the recent suspension of MDC-T official Elton Mangoma, allegedly calling it “unprocedural.”

Through his lawyer Mr. Tafadzwa Mugabe of Nyakutombwa Mugabe legal counsel, Bennett described the so-called interview as a complete falsehood. He said no such interview ever took place and he wanted to disassociate himself from the title, content and implications of Jemwa’s story.

“In the circumstances, The Sunday Mail is retracting the story and apologizing to Mr Bennett for any inconveniences caused by the publication of the story,” read the apology published in the hard copy of the paper. Although the Sunday Mail story also appeared on its website, no apology was put online.

Last week Bennett told London based SW Radio Africa “I never made any comments nor have I done any interviews with anyone, I never have and never will talk to the ZANUPF propaganda machine. I am not doing any interviews on internal party issues.”

Sunday Mail apology to Roy Bennett (from Lance Guma’s article via NehandaRadio)

Copy of Sunday Mail apology



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    Roving Ambassador 9 years ago

    Its the old trick, say it and apologize later. The harm has already been done.
    Sue the idiots. Apology not accepted.

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    kutongwa nonjazi 9 years ago

    I don’t understand why people like Roy Bennett dont realize how ZANU PF take advantage of their pitfalls.

    Damage already done

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      eraizo 9 years ago

      roy has done no wrong it was an interview between the journalist & his wife pretending to be roy

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    Unethical journalism,desperate to paint the walls black.

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    Zvino hamunyari here?

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    Chitova weGona 9 years ago

    VanaJemwa! Izhara inokudaro.

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    Mandy 9 years ago

    Naive Roy. This is what happens when you go about muchi fumura hapwa. Now you have to defend yourself against a faked story. But also Roy you are a problem. Remember these are not the days of Rhodesian Front politics where blacks did not have the wherewithal to respond. Now you have totally misrepresented the poor man’s struggle mistaking it for a struggle to return farms to your lot. Once more again just be content with being a member of the MDC and not the face of it.

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    Isu-zvedu 9 years ago

    Mandy, enjoy your illgotten farm quietly and stop your racist rants and stupidity display of things outside of your horizon of thought. You are limited by your evil lifestyle of propping up the devil while faking a life in the Diaspora.