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Fake News Alert: Zimbabwe Has NOT Scrapped Wearing Of Face Masks

Fake News Alert: Zimbabwe Has NOT Scrapped Wearing Of Face Masks

This is a fake news alert. Zimbabwe has NOT scrapped the wearing of face masks.

Here’s some background

Someone has used a story written about Namibia on the Pindula platform to spread fake news about Zimbabwe on WhatsApp.

On 15 March 2022, we posted this article on the Pindula platform and WhatsApp groups: Namibia Scraps Mandatory Wearing Of Face Masks. 

The article can be found on this link: https://zero.pindula.co.zw/namibia-scraps-mandatory-wearing-of-face-masks  

This evening, we were alerted that a fake news story is circulating on WhatsApp with the Pindula branding on it. Someone took the Namibia story and changed everywhere it mentioned Namibia to Zimbabwe. The person even faked the website address to make it look genuine.

Since this story is not on the Pindula web platform, when you click on it, you get a “Not Found” error. It is fake news and this was not published by Pindula.

Here is how you can verify news posted by Pindula on WhatsApp:

  1. All the news articles we post on WhatsApp have a web address of the news article on our website. This is meant for verification.
  2. When you click on that web address it takes you to our site where you can see the news item in its original form.
  3. If the news article does not appear on our website, it means the WhatsApp news item is fake.
  4. We have taken extra care to add this verification method because this is not the first time someone has abused our brand to make their fake news look genuine.
  5. In the event that you ever doubt something that carries the Pindula Brand, even if written by us, you can always get in touch with one of our group administrators on this number: +263733045671 (Strictly WhatsApp).

Zimbabweans can verify these news articles because our web platform and mobile app (https://zero.pindula.co.zw/download/ ) can be used even if you don’t have any data (Econet only for now).

We are deeply disturbed by this because not only does it abuse our brand, it misleads the people of Zimbabwe into acting against the ongoing COVID regulations. Please spread this message as widely as you can so others know about the fake news.


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19 Comments

Sponono 2 months ago

Hulk Hogan 3 hours, 29 minutes ago
Gentleman I think we must impose sanctions to the likes of Vybz Kartel,Tkt/maFyt,Shadows,Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie Chahototo and company. Those targeted sanctions must be as follows.
1)To avoid communication and responding to people like Vbyz Kartel, let there comments remain idle.
2)Avoid naming them in our comments as this seems to be giving them much confidence to abuse the Citizens.
3)Strictly don't respond to their folly, ZANU pf commenting guys don't have educative ideas. They promote hatred and tribalism amoung Citizens.
4)Lets not make them famous, from now on they must taste their medicine and feel the heat of these targeted sanctions.
5)We are a civilized Citizens with a vision of a bright future, so we must eliminate the Jannes and Jembres who want to drive us back to Egypt.Lets not entertain the devils.

Thank you, and share this massage if possible to other commentary sections.

Aluta continua


JC Form IV 2 months ago

Yes please, let us all not respond to their comments

Soul jah love 2 months ago

The fact is, the world is now polluted with fake news,propaganda and whatever. I personally don't trust anything I read. I'm based on facts and research.


2 months ago


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 2 months ago

Just a quick one
The government of Zimbabwe has always said it that they don't use social media to tell its citizens about real life.

pliz always keep that in mind that Zimbabwe is not ZanuPf, if you want to deal with ZanuPf you need to join politics...etc coz i said its a quick one 😂 tukai ndichaverenga ndomupindura...


Elyse 2 months ago

They post on news website,Twitter handles and Facebook pages that are traceable

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Comrade Zvekudhenizvakamara 2 months ago

Ndeve Zanu vada kuzoti maiona CCC iri kutumira fake news so that the country is placed on sanctions for arresting people without masks and who were wearing yellow shirts


Noma 2 months ago

kkkkk wanga uchasungwa


Chasura Buddngton 2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 check directly on PINDULA before accepting some news being spewed out there.


ga girididi 2 months ago

i almost went to work without one. lucky i had an old one in my jacket kkkk


Chapwititi Kestombela 2 months ago

I wondered when i saw a balloning number of WhatsApp news sites. They often copy and paste from PINDULA but change the topics to their own narratives. I quit almost 10 groups yesterday after all referenced PINDULA as the source 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.
Thank you PINDULA TEAM!!!


Limbikani (Pindula Admin) 2 months ago

The best way to use Pindula is through this website or the app.
On WhatsApp anyone can post anything and circulate it

Chasura Buddngton 2 months ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 they are the guys who are sprucing their pages with colorful News head and nicely looking news pages

Chapwititi Kestombela 2 months ago

I wondered when i saw a balloning number of WhatsApp news sites. They often copy and paste from PINDULA but change the topics to their own narratives. I quit almost 10 groups yesterday after all referenced PINDULA as the source 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣.
Thank you PINDULA TEAM!!!


Foreign Exchange Trader 2 months ago

Some people cannot appreciate ,you provide them with zero rated news and services,they destort it .shame!


Foreign Exchange Trader 2 months ago

Some people cannot appreciate ,you provide them with zero rated news and services,they destort it .shame!


King 2 months ago

It's a shame

Vybz Kartel 2 months ago

Saka mukuda kuti isu mapurisa towana Mari sei😂😂😂


seh 2 months ago

rimai mambaira


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