Ruvheneko settles with Musarara

HARARE - Radio personality and talkshow host Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa has settled with Harare businessman Tafadzwa Musarara over her claims that the latter had "barged" into a May 2016 programme, and in which she was interviewing social activist Evan Mawarire.

The truce brings to an end an 18-month saga that had seen the Alpha Grain owner threaten the ex-ZiFM Stereo senior staffer with a $200 000 lawsuit and where the popular announcer had defied her employers by maintaining that she had not invited the pro-government merchant.

"The defendant shall post... apology on her twitter account within seven days of the consent order," read a November 02 order and in which Parirenyatwa also admits to penning a controversial May 19, 2016 tweet that might have impugned Musarara's image. and attracted vicious attacks on his person.

"I wish to state that the radio's management, to which l was part of, resolved to invite him to the programme. I therefore extended to him the invitation to attend the programme. I regret posting that Twitter statement as it created a false impression that Mr Musarara was an uninvited guest," it said.

Apart from consenting to bearing or taking care of their own legal costs - in the protracted saga or case - Parirenyatwa also said as a journalist she ought "to have protected people and guests' rights, and regardless of their divergent views".

Conscious of the fact that she might have projected the GMAZ chairman as a dishonorable man, the Capitol Radio jockey said she "wished to... unreservedly apologise to Mr Musarara, his family and business associates for the unfortunate embarrassment the statement created".