1 July 2016
   
Beitbridge Protests: Zimra warehouse torched
Aussie pours in US$3m in fight against hunger
Roadblocks scare away investors: Speaker
Stock Exchange loses $300m in six months
Imports ban chaos: Beitbridge border shut
We don’t have a penny, Minister tells Paris
Unpaid govt doctors stop going to work
Remember: ‘Mugabe terrorised Nkomo’
MORE NEWS
Monomotapa hotel up for $25m upgrade
RBZ says foreigners can repatriate profits
MORE BUSINESS
ZTV soap Small Saga actor Muchemwa dies
Zim Achievers Awards spread to the US
MORE SHOWBIZ
‘Neymar to sign 5-yr Barca deal’
Dynamos reshuffle: Five players out
MORE SPORTS
Yamamoto: Terror on blacks - by blacks
Ncube: How we lost our cash reserves
MORE OPINION
 
Zanu PF: Leopard hasn't changed its spots
Diaspora Death: No Cover, Common Excuses
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
CIO threatens editors over Mugabe 'affair'
27/10/2010 00:00:00
by Lebo Nkatazo
 
Fighting back ... Gono and Grace Mugabe have threatened to sue Sunday Times
 
RELATED STORIES
Robert Jnr suffers sanctions career blow
Mugabe dead by 2013: WikiLeaks
Any woman can fall for me: Mugabe
Mugabe's fifth trip to Singapore
Grace Mugabe no show at Heroes Acre
Mugabe back, but no sign of Grace
Grace Mugabe taken ill in Singapore
Mugabe eats cake on 87th birthday
Zanu PF fury over Mugabe health report
Jon Swain and a scandalous scoop
Dodgy dossier of CIO man's death
Grace-Gono 'affair' b-guard died of HIV
Gono-First Lady affair denied
'Gono had affair with Grace'
Harare gives stands to Mugabe evictee
HCC pays out for Mugabe evictee

STATE security agents have warned off editors of privately-owned newspapers from repeating South African and British newspaper claims that President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, had an affair with Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono.

Aides of both Gono, who is married, and Grace Mugabe, nee Marufu, strongly reject the allegations.

Four senior Central Intelligence Organisation officials met newspaper editors separately in Harare and issued various threats on Tuesday, according to an editor who attended the meetings, but who wanted his publication to remain unnamed.

“They basically claimed they knew that our paper was planning to report the story, which sounded like fishing to me. I pretended I had no clue what they were talking about and forced them to go over it.

“They said someone might die if we go on and repeat the allegations, they made that very clear,” he said.

The editor said the CIO operation appeared aimed at "getting the threats in before the midweek papers and weekend editions" of the Financial Gazette, News Day, Zimbabwe Independent and Standard newspapers.

New Zimbabwe.com has learnt that President Mugabe met Gono for lunch on Monday, and advisers of the two men had met on Tuesday and Wednesday morning to map a strategy of tackling the damaging reports first carried in both the UK and South African Sunday Times newspapers.

A source familiar with the discussions said: “These have been intense discussions. Their lawyers have advised them that they have strong grounds to sue the Sunday Times newspapers for libel, but the political advisers are split.

“Some are saying they would rather the matter be totally ignored, but those on the opposite end of the planning say this would create a permanent impression that reports of the affair were true – something which would dog the rest of Mugabe’s presidency and subject both Gono and the First Lady to unending public ridicule.”

Meanwhile, President Mugabe and his wife made their first joint public appearance since Sunday at the burial of his brother in law at Kachere Farm in Concession on Tuesday.

Bonny Brian Gumbochuma, who died aged 57 last Saturday, was married to Grace Mugabe’s elder sister.
 
Mugabe described the late Gumbochuma as a humble person who helped him “integrate into the Marufu family”.


Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark
 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
Car shipping to Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa and Zambia from UK
RSS NewsTicker