In a story headlined “Tsvangirai named in love triangle”, the paper quoting unnamed sources said a Bulawayo couple—Aquilina Kayidza Pamberi and Jacob Mandeya—wants to end their marriage because Mandeya is convinced his wife is seeing Tsvangirai.
According to the story, Pamberi wants to end the union with her husband of 12 years saying there is no longer peace in their home.
Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson said The Herald had “scaled new heights in the history of court reporting by soiling and maligning the good name of the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe using fictitious unnamed sources outside official court documents and deliberations.
“Zimbabweans are all too aware of The Herald’s perennial habit of concocting stories and placing the name of the Prime Minister in spangled banner colours on their billboards in order to boost their waning sales figures,” Tamborinyoka said.
He said the PM’s office had hoped that the public media would use the new political dispensation to embark on responsible journalism and to refrain from publishing outright lies.
“It is not in the national interest to engage in needless journalistic persecution of popularly elected national leaders.
“Responsible journalists cannot sulk on behalf of unpopular politicians,” the PM’s spokesperson said.
Tamborinyoka said “no amount of yellow journalism will distract the Prime Minister from his core business of bringing about real and positive change in the lives of the people of Zimbabwe”.