Daily News continues to lead from the front

HARARE - Since the Daily News came back in March 2011 from its eight years of forced and unjust closure by the government, the country’s top rated newspaper has led the way in terms of breaking news, telling it like it is and providing riveting analysis on issues that matter to Zimbabweans.

The scores of exclusive exposés that the inimitable daily and its sister publication, the Daily News on Sunday, have dished to their hundreds of thousands of readers in print and online — to the extent that today even the titles’ most rabid detractors openly admit that the papers’ were always right — include the five following blockbusters:

1. The factional and succession wars rocking Zanu PF: When the Daily News first reported on these ructions, a few Zanu PF zealots attempted to discredit the newspaper, arguing crassly that this was the fertile imagination of the paper’s writers and editors. Today, even President Robert Mugabe, his controversial wife Grace and lickspittle State media readily admit to the ugly brawls.

The deadly and seemingly unstoppable fights continue to this day, even after the post-congress Zanu PF brutally purged former Vice President Joice Mujuru and all her perceived allies from within its ranks, on untested allegations of plotting to oust and assassinate Mugabe.

Addressing his party’s youth league in Harare recently, the frail nonagenarian confirmed that vicious infighting continued to disembowel his party and that vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were now locked in a nasty succession struggle.

Mugabe also told the youths in a rare candid address that he had received intelligence to the effect that the party was polarising around Mnangagwa and Mphoko, adding ominously that people who were pushing for either of the two men to succeed him needed to stop doing so forthwith.

“If you are choosing between my two vice presidents, you are beginning your own Gamatox (Mujuru faction).

“They (the VPs) occupy equal sphere. If you say you want this one to succeed, you are already bringing division within the people and this so soon after our election.

“The people will choose when the time comes, and you will be part of that process, but don’t get divided by that question now,” he said.

2. It was again the Daily News that led the way in reporting that Grace has design on succeeding Mugabe, and that Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks, the Generation 40 (G40) group, are playing a sneaky role in this unlikely dream as they plot to thwart Mnangagwa’s presidential aspirations.

Indeed, Grace has not only since gone on to rant against unnamed party bigwigs, who she accuses of fanning factionalism in the warring post-congress Zanu PF, she has also increasingly flaunted her growing influence while readily admitting to having higher leadership aspirations.

And to confirm her growing influence in Zanu PF and government, the country’s two vice presidents, Cabinet ministers and State media now follow her everywhere she goes, including when she is hawking her business interests.

3. It was also the country’s leading daily newspaper, the Daily News, which broke the story that Mujuru would challenge Mugabe or whoever will represent the post-congress Zanu PF in the much-anticipated 2018 presidential elections.

To demonstrate how trusted and in tune the newspaper is with the goings-on in the country, Mugabe’s former deputy has since thrown the cat among the pigeons in Zanu PF by recently announcing her manifesto and making it clear that she is taking the nonagenarian head-on.

4. The Daily News broke the scandal which came to be known as Nieebgate, after it exposed dubious deals involving the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board (Nieeb) and its parent ministry, when they irregularly appointed a private consulting firm in the much-criticised Zanu PF-led policy.

While the newspaper initially received a lot of flak from the ruling party and its apparatchiks, the paper was later wholly-vindicated when it was later confirmed by all the role players involved, including mining companies, that things had not been done above board.

The matter is now a hot parliamentary issue that has left combative former Indeginisation minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, on the ropes.

5. Then there was Zesagate, one of the biggest scandals to rock the country since Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain in 1980.

The Daily News revealed that at a time the power utility was on a nationwide campaign to disconnect defaulting ordinary consumers, Zesa was at the same time conveniently ignoring the huge bills of Zanu PF bigwigs, who were classified under the so-called “sensitive customers” category.

Among the biggest defaulters were Mugabe, who owed a whopping $345 000 to the State-owned power firm, as well as Cabinet ministers, legislators from across the political divide and senior civil servants.

Comments (10)

Your haters try too hard to discredit you and the truth is that the more they do that the more we buy and read the Daily News. Even if they give me the other newspapers for free, I won't read them. Keep up the good work. Nomakanjani!

Khumalo - 27 September 2015

dailynews job well done

mutopota - 28 September 2015

of course! this is the only newspaper that is left in the country. all the others are just zanu mouthpieces and who on earth would like to listen to the yarns of a 92 year-old moron?

jopshat mugadzaweta - 28 September 2015

Talk of beating your own drum! daily news is my favourite but to be honest this paper is for the oppostion, when Morgan was the darling all the stories were about trumping up MT, now Joyce is the new darling everything is now centred on her. I thought this story was going to give us results of an assessment done by independent sources, not their own analysis.

Truth - 28 September 2015

Well done but you must improve bcoz you are always behind in down loading news on you website .

Diibulaanyika - 28 September 2015

True to your words---Telling it like it is.you are doing just that. Sezvazviri.

Chibwe chitedza - 28 September 2015

The Daily News is definitely the best. All of the rest are very bad open defecators, stupid lying idiots. Zimpapers employs a bunch of recycled genitally aberated mental paraplegics. Newsday, The Zimbabwe Independent, and the Sunday Standard employs a lot of immoral spineless Zanu pf apologists / stooges and CIO spies.

Aziz Pahad - 30 September 2015

mujuru panyanga machina tobva tama mhanyisa munyika cz kubva asekuru vatanga look east policy yavo hapana development yataita kunze kwekungo va developer ivo nekuno varapisa ku east uko

mukanya - 1 October 2015

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