By Idah Mhetu
EXCITABLE Zanu PF Information and Publicity Director Tafadzwa Mugwadi Wednesday issued an apology for muttering the ‘F-word’ during a live virtual debate with global news channel Aljazeera.
The youthful former ZINASU president insulted Aljazeera journalist Femi Oke, presenter of the Stream.
Co-panellists during the debate were Human Rights Watch’s director Dewa Mavhinga and opposition MDC Alliance national spokesperson Fadzai Mahere.
The Zanu PF Information Director was invited to participate in a debate that was themed “Are Zimbabweans being silenced?”
While Oke was reading the viewers’ comments, Mugwadi burst into sarcastic laughter interrupting Oke and then said, “This is rubbish. F*ck you.” (see interview below)
But after a moment of reflection and with possible scolding by his senior colleagues within the party, Mugwadi returned to issue an apology.
Addressing the media after a politburo meeting at the Zanu PF headquarters, Mugwadi said he had felt unsafe as he was encircled by three MDC activists and ended up throwing harsh remarks on a live show.
“I ended up throwing harsh remarks to an international journalist from Aljazeera. My unreserved apologies,” said Mugwadi.
“I must say I had been encircled by three activists from the MDC Alliance and I felt that it wasn’t balanced, we will look forward to working with them.”