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Auxillia Mnangagwa Accuses Journalist Of Blackmail

Auxillia Mnangagwa Accuses Journalist Of Blackmail

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has warned Simba Chikanza, the editor of the online publication Zimeye, against attempting to blackmail her into granting him an interview.

In a statement issued on Sunday, 15 May, Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, Kudzai Gumbo revealed that the First Lady spoke with Chikanza “off the record” and made it clear that she had no authority to speak about issues the journalist wanted to talk about.

Chikanza had on Sunday warned Mnangagwa that if she failed to reach out to him to finish the conversation they had, he would reveal their “incomplete video call”. Tweeted Chikanza:

Dear Mrs Auxillia Mnangagwa, if you don’t call me and we finish our interview, I’m going to be left with no other option than to reveal your (incomplete) VIDEO CALL to me running over 35 minutes long. I’m giving you 8hs after which I will have no option but make the public watch.

In a statement issued on Sunday, 15 May, in response to Chikanza’s threat, Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, Kudzai Gumbo revealed that the First Lady spoke with Chikanza “off the record” and made it clear that she had no authority to speak about issues the journalist wanted to talk about. Pindula News is publishing Gumbo’s statement in full below:

Simba Chikanza of Zimeye online media platform called the First Lady of Zimbabwe, Mai Auxilia Mnangagwa, wanting to interview her on issues that the First Lady felt were out of her competence.

The First Lady spoke to Simba Chikanza off the record, which is a journalism standard and ethical rule that allows the proposed interviewee, Mai Mnangagwa, an opportunity to speak with journalists giving them context to issues and why she can’t speak on them.

It is a tragic and terrible ethical breach of journalism for Simba Chikanza to then blackmail the First Lady publicly, demanding that she gives him an interview based on a threat to release an off the record conversation.

The First Lady has always been available to speak to journalists because she understands her obligatory role and functions to the Nation.

The First Lady also understands that she needs to allow journalists to do their work professionally by being available when they need information related to her role and functions.

However, it is unprofessional for journalists to force her to speak on issues on which she has no authority to speak, especially after she has explained in an off the record conversation why she can’t do so.

The attempt by Simba Chikanza to blackmail Mai Mnangagwa into speaking to him using threats to release an off the record conversation is the worst unethical breach in journalism.

If he carries out his threats, it will break the trust between the Office of the First Lady and the media, something that Mai Mnangagwa doesn’t want to happen.

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19 Comments

<h2>juu</h2> 1 month ago

<h2>juu</h2>


Me 1 month ago

<h2>just</>


Mafusire John 1 month ago

Has anyone had Simba's side jof the story?


1 month ago


juju 1 month ago

akatushura tap anomamiswa mwana uyo


𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐳𝐚 1 month ago

𝐀𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐢𝐛𝐮𝐝𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐨 𝐲𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐨, 𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐤𝐮𝐭𝐲𝐞𝐢


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JC 1 month ago

Ko ngaingibuda hayo video yacho...Kasi i***tape kanhi???


Mazibeka 1 month ago

All of you guys are trash. How does being third wife a crime here. Your blind hatred for Mai mnangagwa make you sound like ****. You stink. Kunevqmwe vanhu vanotambudzwa ne mweya yengozi sachikanza.


Advocate chareka 1 month ago

Vote zanu pf


Vahosi 1 month ago

Auxilia, third wife nxaa


Bonzo 1 month ago

Journalists have the right to ask anyone about anything Auxlia stop intimidating Chikanza muite zvamakaita Itai Dzamara mhondi dzevanhu majaira


Manzy 1 month ago

Chikanza try to observe your journalism enthics you were taught


Asalif 1 month ago

comment reserved


Mutoriro Movement 1 month ago

But the "worst unethical breach of journalism" is that of your ZBC and Zim papers being biased towards Zanu pf, not giving us balanced news and being polirised.


STALIN 1 month ago

Be cerefuru she was a CIO director before


Simba Chikanza 1 month ago

How many ladies are you on ED??? What happened that year you chased your husband through the maize field at your farm??? How many houses has your husband purchased for his girlfriends??? Those are the questions you evaded answering


The King of Serpents 1 month ago

😂😂😂😂😂😂

g 1 month ago

kkkkkk tushura video tinzwe kuti yaitiiko mbuya iyi. dira Hako rizare Chikanza

The Mberengwean 1 month ago

Fumura munhu iwe Chikanza. Iye anombotaurirei zvaasingafaniri kutaura.
Vote Chamisa for president 2023 maCitizens musiyane neharahwa nechembere idzi



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