Gumbo stands by politburo statement

HARARE - Rugare Gumbo, the Zanu PF spokesperson, has scoffed at State media reports that he lied about the outcome of Wednesday’s politburo meeting.

Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday that he stood by the statements he made to the media on the politburo resolutions.

He briefed journalists after the politburo meeting on Wednesday night that President Robert Mugabe had expressed concern over appalling reportage in The Herald, which he said was dividing the party.

He said he had never misrepresented any fact or speak his personal views as alleged by the State-controlled media, but was articulating the party’s views in a professional manner, without fear or favour.

“I stand by what I said to the media, and in particular mentioning of the Herald by President Mugabe that it was causing divisions and is being destructive in their reporting on what is happening in the party,” Gumbo said.

“I am the party spokesperson and it is my duty to speak to the media on party issues. Journalists are not allowed in the politburo meeting and for The Herald to say that I am ‘off-side’ and misrepresenting the facts. I don’t know where they got it from.

“I was elected to be the spokesperson of the party and I am doing my duty in a professional manner. The Herald reporters are not the spokespersons of the party.”

“At least your paper is seeking comments from me and when it is reporting, it is reporting correctly, not what we have witnessed in the state media,” Gumbo said.

He said he was going to find out from the Information minister Jonathan Moyo why the Herald had written a damming comment on him, claiming that he was misrepresenting the politburo resolutions.

“I am very disappointed after reading the comment attacking me,” he said. “I wonder whether the journalist who wrote that comment has an agenda, whether he attended the politburo meeting. I will find out from minister Moyo.

“The comment gives room for people to interpret in many ways and say that maybe Moyo is trying to fight me politically. I am equally surprised too.”

The paper, in an unprecedented move, ran a front page comment titled “Cde Gumbo, you are offside” saying when Gumbo “wears the party hat, we expect him to articulate the party position not his personal sentiments in pursuit of his own interests”.

Comments (4)

rugare gumbo u are a disgrace to manhood.u want a woman joyce mujuru to lead the country simply because of your vendetta with emmerson.shame,kutomisa shaya uchitaura.shameon you,mutasa,mliswa,paradza,kaukonde,mavhaire,gwanetsa khayamoyoand all men in your faction.its unGodly,unafrican,inhuman for a woman to be president.the people who are bringing the issue of women rights are the same people who are bringing homosexuality,abortion and other ills in the name of civilisation andmorderniastion.if mordenisation,civilisation and rights fly in the face of Godliness,then to hell with them

ndoda sibili - 3 October 2014

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