Daily News barred from taking Grace pictures

HARARE - Daily News photojournalist Darius Mutamba was barred from taking pictures of First Lady Grace Mugabe’s welcome function when she arrived at Harare International Airport yesterday from the Far East where she was recuperating from a minor operation.

This is yet another example of the dozens of times that the popular daily has been prevented by State officials from carrying out its lawful work since the newspaper came back from an eight-year forced closure by President Robert Mugabe’s government in September 2003.

Recently, the newspaper was stopped from carrying out its lawful business when its crew was barred from attending a State function at KG VI Barracks in Harare where the late liberation war icon, Josiah Magama Tongogara, was being honoured.

Yesterday’s incident came hardly a week after the same Daily News photojournalist, together with others from the private media, was forced by aggressive security personnel to delete pictures of the mortifying fall of President Robert Mugabe when he arrived from attending the African Union summit a fortnight ago.

Security details made it clear yesterday that they were not in the mood to allow the Daily News to cover Grace’s arrival, amid claims over the past few days that the First Lady was not happy with Mugabe’s aides for not being vigilant enough when the nonagenarian fell.

“I don’t know how they identified me because they never asked me to produce my press card. They just told me to leave the moment they saw me.

“What surprised me is that I saw other journalists being allowed in and wondered why I had been particularly barred. But the security details did not want to negotiate,” Mutamba said.

Comments (19)

Chaizvo chaizvo Grace na Robert vanoshamisa chii chacho? Kuti hava mame dhodhi rinonhuwa sere vamwe vanhu here? Asi hava mame here ana Robert na Grace? Tibvirei apo ma penzi.

Der - 16 February 2015

nyaya dza @der ndedze kusango chaiko. what are you saying friend. munhu wese anoenda kusango. point yako ndeipi sahwira? why not contribute zvinhu zvino vaka nyika pane zve ndove?

taurai - 16 February 2015

Ko zvakaipei kana vasingade. Why worry.Ndidzo dzega here. Take Tsvangirais photograph, asi haana nyaya tsvangson, uku munoti vakaipa uku munorwirana kutora maphoto. kuchemera maphoto a GRACE haunyare. STOP IT

nnngggn - 16 February 2015

Daily news is only reporting on what happened. The journalist can can photos of anybody so to refuse them to take photos is a bit childish coz we can always get the pictures from satellite.

Garikayi - 16 February 2015

Der is spot on what so special about a frail, partial blind and very very very stupid old many whose spouse is very sick from some undisclosed sickness . Even if we do not see those pictures we will never loose sleep they are of very evil people. Remember these are the people who said they were going to create 2m jobs where are those jobs ? Blood evil liars .

Diibulaanyika - 16 February 2015

When Mutasa,Mujuru and company finally comes backs to fight the final battle within zanu pf after 1924 model kicks bucket, Grace will know the importance of daily news. She will ask them took take full length pictures or semi naked if not completely nude ones too. That time is coming and its not very far. Who would believe that Mutasa and other zanu pf rejects would use daily news as their mouth piece. Its dangerous and ill advised for grace to make more enemies left ,right and centre when 1924 model is now completely beyond repair and awaiting to be written off any time. This woman will be vulnarable big time. In her own words ."even flies will not feats on her".

X-MAN IV - 16 February 2015

Darius Mutamba you shouldn't feel offended because there is nothing worth to report about her, instead focus on the positives being done by the opposition and how Zimbabweans are struggling daily. The world needs to know the plight of Zimbabweans and see how worse off they have become. Indirectly you will be exposing incompetence of current government and Grace as a shameless person. Grace isn't news worth you would make her popular for nothing by reporting about her.

Ed - 16 February 2015

Mugabe's fall pics were leaked by sate media. Ko Daily News yaitasei? Ndokurwara chaiko. I think moms vanga vaenga far east kunoongororwa pfungwa chete.

taps - 17 February 2015

Daily news has divert from its business. It is now following ZANU PF day and night thinking it can undermine this party. The Herald are doing a great Job for their boss, but daily news is busy following nyaya dzevakadzi vevamwe. Lets talk good about our President's wife so that when our president Tsvangira gets into power, everyone else will praise him. We have totally forgotten there is MDC. Izvozvi pakavhurika mukana wekuti Mai Mujuru vaconteste hupresident, she will win the race, better than Tsvagirai, why becoz, daily news makaparidza kare kuti Mujuru is better than all the president in Zimbabwe right now. Stop following them, ignore them, do your business. fullstop!!!!!!!!

Nick - 17 February 2015

It is just few days Zim has been recognised as improved on press freedom rankings....and awash this unfortunate development comes into play....i wonder !!!

Mafikizolo - 17 February 2015

It is just few days Zim has been recognised as improved on press freedom rankings....and awash this unfortunate development comes into play....i wonder !!!

Mafikizolo - 17 February 2015

Hwezu in chief!

Donato Matibili - 17 February 2015

If ever I have heard that there are fools or idiots I thought they were pple of low minds who cannot otherwise think properly. But no I now know the truth about pple like der and diibuloonyika. These two are not human beings they are worse than all the country's sewer put on one place. Their hate for the First family just out of this world. Surprisingly I wonder what benefit are they getting from such hate. Izvi zvipuka two izvi ndihwo hunonzi usiku hwakatambiswa matuzvi chaiwo akanaka kugara nawo pane kugara ne these two things. I call them things becoz they are not in any class of all animals God created.

Takeiteasy Marcaves - 17 February 2015

@takeiteasy what you said befits you indeed because everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. always remember that somewhere out there not everyone will love you. the same applies to this family. there are those who love them and those who just don't love them. even me, I don't see anything special in them to offer my love and respect to them.

pride - 17 February 2015

@Takeiteasy what have you benefited by drinking water which remains in the bath tub after Mugabe and Grace finish bathing?We never suggested that you must stop licking unclensed matako of those two pliz go ahead lick as much as you like we will never stop you . W e have reseasons why we hate Grace and her moving grave husband .We are not fools like you boy.I think you are not a human being you are chikambo or tokoloshi or may be Mugabe 's zombie . blood fool.

Diibulaanyika - 17 February 2015

glad grace has taken over her brains work better than the one from the oldman

jack - 20 February 2015

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