Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono, has accused Chronicle, a state-run publication of lacking journalism ethics after the publication reported that murdered Mbongeni Ncube was not a member of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
Ncube was assaulted by sharp objects at a CCC rally held in Kwekwe on Sunday by suspected ZANU PF members. Some of the suspects were arrested and remanded in custody while some have since been released.
Chronicle reported that its crew visited Ncube’s family residence in Mbizo 9 where relatives allegedly said the deceased was not a member of the Nelson Chamisa-led party. Future, Mbongeni’s brother is quoted as saying:
He was not someone who followed politics as far as we knew him. He did not follow CCC or any other party. He was just a quiet person who did not talk to anyone.
He loved his beer, that is what I know. When we were told about this, we knew that he might have been drinking when the commotion started and he was caught in the cross fire.
Chin’ono later posted a response:
You ran an article today saying Mboneni Ncube was not a member of @CCCZimbabwe.
Here he was wearing the @CCCZimbabwe regalia including hat. Was he just wearing this for fashion purposes when he wasn’t a member of CCC. Journalism requires honesty and ethics!