Peter Gift Mutasa, a former president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has criticised, Tendai Munengwa, a chief reporter at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), a state broadcaster, for biased coverage of Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) rally.
The rally that was held on Sunday 20 February 2022 at Zimbabwe Grounds in Highfield was highly attended but the state broadcaster downplayed the turnout.
In response, Mutasa said it was not shocking that Munengwa was reporting in that manner considering that he is a member of the ruling ZANU PF. He said:
l was at the @CCCZimbabwe rally yesterday Looking at ZBC reports, one would think it attended a different rally Until you then see who the reporter really is. A @ZANUPF_Official member and candidate What else do we expect from all these party members It is DEAD BC
Several journalists from State media participated in the ZANU PF primary elections in 2019, and they all lost. These were Tendai Munengwa, Andrew Neshamba (ZANU PF Mt Darwin South), Radio Zimbabwe disc jockey Richmond Siyakurima (ZANU PF Uzumba) and Garikai Mazara Sunday Mail Features Editor (ZANU PF Guruve).
Information and Publicity Minister Monica Mutsvangwa back then said that there is no law prohibiting State media journalists from participating in political contests for a party of their choice.