‘Verify your sources’ – Minister urges media after Auxilia Mnangagwa attack report

‘Verify your sources’ – Minister urges media after Auxilia Mnangagwa attack report

By Staff Reporter

INFORMATION Minister Jenfan Muswere has challenged “all journalists to verify their sources and fact-check their stories before publication” in an unexplained statement issued Thursday evening.

The statement did not cite any particular news reports but followed publication of claims that first lady Auxilia Mnangagwa‘s meddlesome conduct and “combustive” character were causing discontent in government.

Online publication ZimLive reported that senior government figures had described President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife as “extremely abusive and bad-tempered most of the time” in addition to allegedly “misusing” state resources through overseas and nationwide trips promoting her charity.

“Some of the people who have been at the receiving end of her abuse have even accused her of physical violence and using inappropriate language towards police officers, her aides and even high-ranking government officials,” a senior government official told the publication, speaking on condition they were not named.

Information minister Jenfan Muswere
Information minister Jenfan Muswere

“Regrettably, her behaviour is far worse than that of former first lady Grace Mugabe in the twilight of her late husband’s reign. It’s unsettling that history seems to be repeating itself, which completely runs contrary to President Mnangagwa’s way of doing things.”

In his statement, Minister Muswere urged media practitioners “to report objectively” as well as ensure “fairness and balance”.

“It is imperative that reporters present multiple perspectives on a given issue and refrain from bias or sensationalism,” he said.

“Every individual and every viewpoint deserves to be heard, and it is the responsibility of the media to ensure that diverse voices are represented accurately and respectfully.”

The minister added; “Additionally, I call upon media practitioners to adhere strictly to journalism ethics. Upholding principles such as independence, integrity, and accountability is crucial in maintaining the credibility of the media profession.”