Ruvheneko apologises 2 years after defaming Harare businessman

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TV and Radio personality, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa has finally apologised to Harare businessman, Tafadzwa Musarara for posting a defamatory statement about him on her Twitter handle @RuvhenekoP two years ago.

Ruvheneko, who had made the apology on a new twitter handle @Ruvhenekopari, which she created after clashing with the businessman, finally made the apology Wednesday via the original handle she used to post the defamatory statement.

Ruvheneko tweeted on May 19 2016 claiming that the businessman had bulldozed his way into a radio talk show she was hosting.

This was after Musarara had accused Ruvheneko of failing to protect him from co-guest at the show, Pastor Evan Mawarire.

“On 19 May 2016, I posted a statement on my personal twitter account which read: “Hello @jjwhitlaw please be very clear that I did not invite Tafadzwa Musarara. He was present, but not at my invitation.” @PastorEvanLive,” she said.

“I therefore wish to retract that statement and unreservedly apologise to Mr Tafadzwa Musarara, his family and business associates for the unfortunate embarrassment the statement created,” she added.

She said she had invited Musarara to the radio station under instructions from the station’s management, adding she regretted her tweet as it created a false impression that he was not invited.

“This statement went viral. I made further press statements confirming this position, and several media publications, both print and online, covered the twitter statement. Consequently, it attracted vicious attacks on the person and good standing of Mr. Tafadzwa Musarara,” she said.

Ruvheneko said as a journalist she had a duty to protect all her guests irrespective of their divergent views, including Musarara, adding she was grateful of the businessman’s contribution to the one hour show, broadcast on ZiFM stereo.

Ruvheneko was now facing a possible six month jail term for contempt of court after Musarara approached the High Court following her refusal to make a public apology after she was found guilty of defaming him.

The TV personality defied a court order for her to apologise through the same Twitter handle and instead, created a new account, Ruvhenekopari ,which has just 101 followers as opposed to 129 000 on her original handle.

Last week, Musarara, through his lawyers Rubaya and Chatambudza approached the High Court seeking the arrest of Ruvheneko for contempt.