State media sucked into Zanu-PF ‘cartel’ wars

In a confirmation that Zanu-PF controls the state media, youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi has threatened The Herald for its coverage of the wing’s “corrupt cartel” press conference. 

Zanu-PF deputy youth  boss Lewis Matutu and commisar Godfrey Tsenengamu on Monday yopld a press conference in Harare that Sakunda Holdings boss Kuda Tagwirei, Grain Millers Association leader Tafadzwa Musarara  and Green Energy owner Billy Rautenbach were members of a cartel benefitting from the suffering of Zimbabweans. 

After the conference, the  Zanu-PF Youth League thought its Twitter handle distanced itself from Matutu and Tsenengamu’s utterances. 

The Herald then published a story carrying both the accusations by Matutu and Tsenengamu and the contents of the league tweet. 

This infuriated Togarepi who accused The Herald of siding with the “cartel.”

“@HeraldZimbabwe should not attempt to drive a wedge in the Zanu-PF Youth League by extracting news from shadowy twitter groups. I hope the paper will correct its dubious story without delay unless there are ulterior motives.Our position : No to corruption in all its manifestation,” said Togarepi. 

Former Zanu-PF spin doctor Jonathan Moyo, commenting on Togarepi’s tweet, said Zimbabwe was headed for another coup. 

“What a November in February to remember. Everybody knows that @HeraldZimbabwe gets its editorial direction on such stories from @nickmangwana and  @InfoMinZW who take their cue from, and do their bidding for, @edmnangagwa. The rest is history!,” said Moyo. 

Zanu-PF youth league national member Mabutho Moyo supported Togarepi. 

“Corruption has destroyed lives, it must be castigated from all angles,” said Moyo.

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