Daily News Editor's car tampered with

HARARE - Police are investigating the tampering with of the wheels of a car belonging to the Group Editor of Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) — publishers of the Daily News, the Daily News on Sunday and the Weekend Post — Stanley Gama.

A horrified Gama discovered last Friday that his car’s wheel nuts had all been loosened by unknown people while the vehicle was parked in central Harare.

“As soon as I started the car and the vehicle began to move, things didn’t feel alright, and when I disembarked to check what was wrong, it was then that I discovered that all the nuts had been deliberately loosened by someone, for reasons that are not easy to understand,” Gama said.

Police spokesperson Charity Charamba confirmed yesterday that the case had been reported and that it was being investigated.

An ANZ spokesperson thanked authorities for the concern that they had showed regarding Gama’s safety, as well as their commitment to leave no stone unturned in their endeavour to get to the bottom of the matter.

“It is quite clear that whoever did this to Stan’s car did not have good intentions. The brazenness of the culprit or culprits behind this barbaric act is also gulling, as the car was tampered with in broad daylight.

“This is why we are very thankful that police have taken the matter seriously and are looking into it,” the spokesperson said.

The worrying incident comes at a time that the Daily News has been spotlighting the ugly factional and succession wars devouring the ruling Zanu PF — with journalists increasingly getting caught up in the fire.

The Daily News also has a long history of enduring victimisation and harassment at the hands of the State, as well as senior Zanu PF and government officials.

The newspaper was violently and unjustly shut down by the government on September 12, 2003 — for nearly eight years — for the crime of telling the long-running Zimbabwean political crisis as it is.

Before that, its multi-million dollar printing press was bombed and completely destroyed in January 2001, in a dastardly act that was widely blamed on State security agents.

Lately, lapdog State media have also ratcheted up their attacks on the newspaper for speaking truth to power — with a senior Cabinet minister this week being exposed for directing his ministry and parastatals falling under his purview not to advertise in the paper.

One of the government agencies that have been so directed is currently splashing double-spread adverts in all newspapers except the Daily News and its sister titles.

Comments (10)

You nw sinking to the level of stage managing fake tampers kaa?? Yr tribalist paper is trying to justfy yr tribal onslaught on certain individuals moziti they want to harm you. if its true kuti it happened start checking with the streetkids or petty criminals.

Chikonaz - 12 May 2016

i will not take lightly to such treacherous & devilish machinations. it is not a secret that the daily news, both body corporate & mortals, are pursuing a noble cause of democratic emancipation of the land known as zimbabwe much to the chagrin of the illegal and kleptocractic regime presided over by a despotic nonagenarian who stops at nothing when it comes to flashing & exterminating even the slightest of opposition! it is 113 out of 100 that this is the work of this callous regime that does not care about the suffering of the average man! the game of tempering with wagons is a trade usage and a deep custom; a vocation so practiced with lethal skill, in eliminating alleged enemies both within & across other parties or instituition such that , though horrifying, this comes without surprise! untill when shall proponents of democracy suffer for the cause of our future. indeed,''...eventually the enemy (has) step(ped) aside and is (look)ing while we slaughter, killing our own brothers...'' (lucky dube).

SaManyika Chaiye - 12 May 2016

This is no longer the same paper the Daily News we all knew

Taurai Nyararai - 12 May 2016

We are attention seekers we lied to the nation Gama does not even have a vehicle to start off with

Daily news reporter - 12 May 2016

Street kids wanted to steal the tyres. State agents can`t do such a poor job. There is nothing to write home about. Case closed.

burnham - 12 May 2016

All modern cities have CCTV all aroud the city. This mystery would have been easy to solve. But alas!

Bluetooth - 12 May 2016

Thank and bless God, mr editor , basa renyu iri rinoda kubuda mumba manamata everyday .Censorship usadaro pliz !!!

muZJC - 12 May 2016

Gama, Dont be intimidated. Keep telling it like it is. And be careful even ku office. Dont giv up.

eyes - 12 May 2016

Steni you must sleep with one eye open my young bratha. dont be fooled by the blame being placed on the destitute city roamers! tell us that an ice cream for yo kid got snatched and I will be the first to blame it on the street kids. if they wanted the tyres they would have taken them hands down. mbavha inotora stret but zanu inorumira kuodza mwana wamdhara!

SaManyika Chaiye - 12 May 2016

pa 14 mirioni ma x-jap wonanga yako, kunanga stret kuti iyoooooooo! asi mavhiri acho ane diamond kani?

SaManyika Chaiye - 12 May 2016

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