Tsvangirai accuses Sunday Mail of trying to tarnish his image through fabrications against his children


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Full statement:

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Implicating President's children meant to taint Tsvangirai name

We note with concern that the State-media has been unrelenting in its plot to malign and soil the Tsvangirai name through a smear campaign implicating the MDC leader’s children in trumped-up charges of corruption.

The false story in the latest issue of The Sunday Mail implicating President Morgan Tsvangirai’s daughter, Vimbai, and her husband, Batsirai, fits snugly into a well-orchestrated plot to tarnish the Tsvangirai name ahead of the next election. The newspaper lies, with neither shame nor compunction, that Vimbai and her husband were corruptly awarded a tender to supply water chemicals and were paid by the Harare City council.

For the record, no such tender was awarded to them by the Harare City Council and no money was ever paid to them. Curiously, the same State media last year concocted the same false allegations saying it was President Tsvangirai’s eldest son, Edwin, who was behind the water chemicals tender.

It is no coincidence that the names of President Tsvangirai’s children in this concocted water chemicals scam keep changing every day. The idea is to inflict maximum media damage on the Tsvangirai name.

Yesterday, they said it was Edwin who sold water chemicals to Harare City Council. Today, it is Vimbai and her husband. The whole plot is to malign and soil the Tsvangirai name with spangled banner headlines well ahead of the next election in the false hope that such malicious stories will be able to undermine the Tsvangirai brand; a mammoth brand now sufficiently embedded in the national psyche, much to Zanu PF’s discomfort.

President Tsvangirai’s conscience is clear. For the record, none of his children is involved in any corrupt activities. Neither Edwin nor Vimbai and her husband have ever supplied any water chemicals nor was either of them ever paid by the Harare City Council.

President Tsvangirai’s aversion to corruption was actually reported in The Herald of 15 December 2016, when he publicly warned Harare City council that he would not hesitate to fire them if they engaged in any corrupt activities.  In the story, by-lined Zvamaida Murwira and Julia Mugadzaweta, The Herald correctly quoted President Tsvangirai telling all Harare structures, the mayor and city councilors not to engage in corruption as he would fire them. He is also quoted as having said he had  warned his children and all members of his family not to use the opportunities created by his name to engage in any nefarious activity.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.

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