THE Office of the President and Cabinet has challenged The NewsDay to provide evidence that link the President with one Tarirai David Mnangagwa.
On Thursday, NewsDay ran a news article indicating that the President’s son is involved in a gold mine grab, prompting the Office of the President and Cabinet to demand a retraction.
“The Office of the President and Cabinet continues to view with consternation what clearly is a sustained media campaign by NewsDay and other syndicated online news outlets against His Excellency the President, Cde ED Mnangagwa, the First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, and children of the First Family as involved or associated with alleged crimes and conflicts in the mining sector.
“The latest in a series of such slurs and innuendos was a front page story (Thursday, 12th November, 2020) issue of NewsDay which badly creates the impression Tarirai David Mnangagwa is the President’s biological son.
“His Excellency would be most grateful if NewsDay can provide him and the nation with evidence of a filial relationship between him and Tarirai David Mnangagwa, in order to make good claims in their story.
“In the absence of such evidence, the Office of the President and Cabinet demands an immediate retraction of the published damaging falsehood, as well as an unconditional apology to the President, the First Lady and the First Family,’’ said the Deputy Chief Secretary (Presidential Communications), Mr George Charamba in a statement last night.
Mr Charamba added: “The Office further urges the media to refrain from publishing such malicious claims which have now become more of a norm, quite contrary to the standards and dictates of professional journalism.”
Several media houses have through the years published Tarirai as Mnangagwa’s son though some have indicated that he is his nephew.
Tarirai Mnangagwa is also a member of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s security team. He is believed to have been part of the team that helped Mnangagwa to escape to South Africa after he was fired by the late former President Robert Mugabe in 2017.