Poor Trudy Stevenson

HARARE - Thanks to the State media, we were alerted on Monday evening to a strong Twitter posting by Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Senegal and Gambia, one Trudy Stevenson, regarding an article that we published recently about the tragic death of a Zimbabwean woman in Guinea, last year.

“@DailyNewsZim This article is a disgrace to yr profession! See my letter to yr Group Editor Friday and kindly publish apology & correction,” thundered Stevenson who serves in West Africa at the pleasure of President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF, even as she allegedly belongs to Welshman Ncube’s opposition MDC.

While we still have to receive her letter, we are intrigued by the venom of her Twitter posting, what really informed the undiplomatic tweet and why our story was supposedly a disgrace.

For the benefit of readers who may have missed the story, we reported earlier this month that there had been chaos in Harare last month when grieving relatives prematurely took possession of the remains of the woman whom authorities suspected may have died from Ebola.

The woman, who had been employed in Guinea as a domestic worker since 2009, died on December 18 last year, after which her remains were packaged in three body bags, covered in zinc metal sheet and then placed in a sealed metal coffin before being flown back to Zimbabwe for burial in mid January.

We also reported that in a laudable demonstration of how seriously authorities took the matter, and its potential impact on the nation, they dictated how and where the woman’s remains were to be buried.

Despite being in possession of a formal medical report and talking to authoritative sources within the City of Harare’s Health Department, we also sought and carried comment from Health minister David Parirenyatwa, who said the woman had died of a malaria drug reaction, and not Ebola.

However, the medical report that was put together by the City of Harare’s Health Department clearly stated that there was suspicion that the woman may have died from the dreaded Ebola virus.

“There were suspicions that the deceased ... could have died of Ebola virus disease,” the report compiled on January 19, 2015 said.

We didn’t create the report, medical experts said so.

So, while a newspaper worth its salt can never be too perturbed about criticism directed at it by its stakeholders, a pertinent question to ask in this case is: What is Madam Trudy smoking, and at whose mischievous behest is she attempting this hatchet job on the Daily News?

Just to make it abundantly clear, the article was fair and balanced, and as such, there is absolutely nothing that we wrote about that necessitates that we apologise and correct our story as crassly suggested by poor Trudy. In addition, this was a public interest story regarding a major global health issue.

 

Comments (15)

most of the time this paper reports news badly. yu raise panick amongst people. lyk "Zim dollar back' "Ebola cases at Parirenyatwa' and many other bad articles. report professionally. kuita kunge munoroteswa zvekunyora

wind - 25 February 2015

Trudy Stevenson is / was an MDC useless basket case. Many intelligent people celebrated when the MDC gave her to Zanu pf as a purported diplomat. She was an incompetent shadow minister of local government and housing Also she has the charisma and personality of a skunk.

Wynaad Clitty - 25 February 2015

I m lost what is this all about?

george bachinche - 25 February 2015

Remains in three body bags, Malaria drug rejection or what ever should be the story here. Or am I missing something. Nxa! neither have you mentioned what it is that has made Trudy poor. Nxa!

kijo - 26 February 2015

Not to mention the woman was a maid in Guinea. Guinea of all places, There is a story here how did she get there when did she get there. Who were here employers what do they have to say. Maybe every Journalist must be given a copy of Enid Blyton famous five.

kijo - 26 February 2015

What is wrong with being a maid in another country? Do you forget the WHO staff were temporarily based in Zimbabwe for a few years and when they left staff may have decided to relocate with their workers. That is the closed stupid mentality which pervades us Zimbos---the superiority complex of fools!!!!!!!!!

Gidza - 26 February 2015

I think most of the reporting by your journalists is meant to give a bad image of Zimbabwe . I have seen headlines from your papers that are parrarel to the actual content of the story . You always negative wether it be in sport ,politics, and even simple matters like drought you want people to believe that ZANU PF is the cause .

Mose Ruddolf ( Hitler) - 26 February 2015

Peace please and lets love Zimabbwe

UNCLE REAL - 26 February 2015

eisssh I am trying my best to be true Zimbabwean, but eissh guys its so painful why is our country being subjected to this ugliness of leadership. Now we cant spell the country's name!!! nxxxaa

UNCLE REAL - 26 February 2015

some of the comments posted here show how some of us lack information!The maid in question here was a working for a diplomat in guinea and probably earned more than you fool! As for DailyLies ,please stop this negative reporting ,we are not fools!

lizwe mahlangu - 27 February 2015

Now you believe Trudy is ZANU (PF) that is why you call her 'poor' Trudy! Your article was probably written with that in mind.

Defence Team Trudy - 27 February 2015

I suppose that it would be very helpfull for futuric terms, that the daily news journalism crew should return and further their studies in journalism as most of their written articles are not mostly compelling with the headlines and the bodies of the story and some information is not well gathered and this makes them the Daily Lies publishers.

True and true dat - 1 March 2015

I've just stumbled on this story and am appalled by the behaviour and attitude of this dimwit Zanu PF ambassador. Indeed, what is she smoking as I can't see what her point of objection is? Madam Trudy, this kind of butt-licking of Mugabe and Zanu PF is embarrassing!!!

Kt - 17 April 2015

Poor Trudy was merely and shamelessly singing for her supper. kikikikikikikikiki!

Moses - 20 April 2015

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