Kereke attacks Daily News editors

HARARE - In A typical Munyaradzi Kereke move, the controversial businessman yesterday launched a blistering attack on the Daily News’ editors — and once again reiterated threats to liquidate the publication over its supposed “unethical, and destructive journalism”.

Speaking at a media tour of his second hospital in Ruwa just outside Harare, the ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) senior staffer also said he was taking measures against the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ)’s editors in their individual capacities, in addition to forcing the group to defend its publishing licence over its “defamatory and yellow journalism”.

“There is a criminal element in what the Daily News is doing. Today the editors are borrowing money from me, the next moment they are trashing me in their paper,” Kereke said.

“There is no shred of doubt that they will have to defend their licence because one cannot dip their fingers into my coffers then trash me,” he fumed.

The maverick ex-Central Bank aide did not elaborate how he would force the Daily News to “defend” its licence.  The paper was firstly bombed in 2001, and then violently and unjustly shut down by the Zanu PF government in September 2003 for daring to “tell it like it is” as its motto goes. It only came back on the market in March 2011.

Kereke went on to make a litany of bizarre allegations yesterday against ANZ group editor Stanley Gama and his lieutenants.

The beleaguered businessman's fury seemed to arise from a string of stories that the Daily News has published recently about him, including a case in which Kereke — who is a board member at Zimpapers, publishers of The Herald and Sunday Mail — stands accused of raping a minor at gun point.

Among other recent lawsuits against the Daily News, Kereke has demanded a record $45 million from the paper, claiming “irreparable damage” to his reputation over reports that he raped a 13-year-old girl two years ago. He denies the charges.

An enraged Kereke said the Daily News had branded him a “gun-toting violent rapist... out of callous malice”.

He said it was unethical considering that the top editors at the paper had allegedly received favours and bribes from him.

Contacted for comment last night ANZ director Jethro Goko said he generally did not comment on “this type of drivel”.

“Suffice to say that the company finds it a little odd that the very same editors that he supposedly gives bribes and favours to are the same people that Mr Kereke now says are acting with malice towards him.  It does not add up at all.

“But even more importantly, l want to state very clearly that ANZ has every confidence in Stan and his team, and will defend any litigation against the company, and its staff when it comes,” he said. - Staff Writer

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