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Now, for today's post: According to the Zimbabwe Times on their website today, I have been fired by Simba Makoni, together with Major Kudzai Mbudzi and Dr Ibbo Mandaza.
I really have no idea where Geoff gets all this fiction. I was amazed to read this, as was Dr Makoni when I spoke to him a few minutes ago. He responded by saying "Well, he is seeking to sell his paper." Only, of course, this is an online paper.
You will recall that I caught The Zimbabwe Times plagiarising my article, Open Warfare, Police Vs Army,(see the screenshot above) in which I broke the story of Mugabe plans to arrest a whole bunch of MDC supporters on banditry charges as a pretext for declaring a State of Emergency. After I caught the paper red-handed, they then turned around and accused me of being guilty of their plagiarism. The paper did not like the fact that I called them on it and I suppose this is one way to get back at me.
The truth of the matter is that I am still working with Simba Makoni. There is nothing in that story from the paper that is true, not one thing. I laughed so hard when I read their cooked up story. Godfrey Chanetsa, Head of our Communications at Mavambo, was also pretty taken aback when I told him about this a few minutes back.
He says he has known Geoff for almost 30 years now and is surprised that the former Government editor is now attacking him. Nyarots's site claims Chanetsa was a virtually adopted son of Mugabe and Sally. He also claims that Chanetsa rose rapidly through the ranks to become Press Secretary to Mugabe and then a diplomat in London as a result of "nepotism in high places"
It is strange all this and I can not think of any reason why the online paper would cook up such a story, completely baseless and false. The only reason I can think of is that they are rather piqued I caught them and called them on plagiarising my article. The claims that they could not reach me are also false. Just yesterday, Wamambo, one of the readers of this blog based in London called me on the landline at the Mavambo offices to ask about putting the Chatroll back on the blog. He got through first time and we chatted a bit.
Godfrey Chanetsa says he won't dignify the insinuations in the story with any attention. We do know however, that Nyarota and the Zimbabwe Times are very anti-Simba Makoni, cooking up stories at every opportunity about him. They campaign very heavily for the MDC-T and believe that Simba poses a threat to the party they support. Even their own readers have pointed out that they lean too heavily towards the MDC, not even ever offering constructive criticism to that party. I think the correct term is "bootlicking".
In any case, now you know. We have another lie from the Zimbabwe Times and I wonder where the sense of shame is.
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