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story a mere fabrication
National Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
Constitutional Assembly wishes to dismiss statements attributed
to the NCA Chairperson Dr Lovemore Madhuku in today's edition
of the state sponsored Herald newspaper as a mere fabrication.
The story under
the headline 'Tsvangirai disowns people-driven constitution,'
was co-authored by two Herald journalists Zvamaida Murwira and Peter
Matambanadzo, quoted Dr Madhuku as having said that Morgan Tsvangirai
is a reactionary leader. The fabricated story by Herald is a desperate
attempt to get credibility by quoting Dr Madhuku but grossly misrepresenting
the views that he represents as the Chairperson of NCA.
The NCA is however
not amazed by the level of unprofessionalism exhibited by the Herald.
It has always been the culture of the state media of peddling falsehoods
that are bent on misleading the nation and causing unnecessary divisions
within progressive movements.
For the record,
Dr Madhuku never had an interview with the two Herald journalist,
Murwira and Matambanadzo.
NCA is preparing
to sue the Herald for its malicious report but in the meantime we
demand an urgent retraction, failure to do so will only prove the
alarming level of unprofessionalism at Herald House. We also demand
that the retraction get the same prominence like the fabricated
The story clearly
depicts a media house that lacks professionalism and media ethics,
it is a media house that is run by ZANU PF activists and fiction
writers disguised as journalists.
Though the NCA
differed with the MDC on the COPAC process of writing the new constitution,
it's not the mandate of the NCA to discredit or support politicians
who aspire to get into any positions of authority in government.
What the NCA
aspires for is a constitutional framework that guarantee a free
and fair election. A new democratic people driven constitution can
ensure that Zimbabweans elect leaders of their choice without any
fear or coercion. It's not in the interest of the NCA to choose
leaders on behalf of Zimbabweans.
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