Media personality Ruveheneko Parirenyatwa has issued a public apology to Tafadzwa Musarara on her official Twitter account. This comes after Musarara sued and threatened to have Ruvheneko arrested for contempt of court charges after she failed to apologise him. Ruvheneko was supposed to apologise to Musarara, the chairperson of the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe, as a condition for settling a previous High Court lawsuit. Said Ruvheneko on Twitter,
In reference to a News Day Zimbabwe article of 29.03.18 titled “Ruvheneko Faces Arrest”: Despite not having seen the court application up to this day, I have become aware that I am being sued for Contempt of Court. For progress’ sake, I will proceed to publish the apology AGAIN.
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
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.
I wish to state that the radio’s management resolved to invite him to the programme. I, therefore, under instruction, extended to him the invitation to attend the programme. I regret posting the twitter statement as it created a false impression that he was uninvited.
As a journalist, I have a duty to protect all my guests, which includes Mr Musarara, regardless of their divergent views. I respect his views and I am without doubt grateful for the contributions he made to the show.
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.
I hope this puts the matter to rest and that we can all move on with our lives. I have nothing against Mr Musarara and I wish him well.
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