Full Text: Govt Statement On Clash Between AMH’s Trevor Ncube And Minister Mutodi

The Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting has released a statement after the clash between Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) owner Trevor Ncube and Deputy Minister Energy Mutodi over the weekend. The Minister threated to cut off all government spending from AMH after Ncube accused him of organising thugs to burn NewsDay and The Zimbabwe Independent newspapers. AMH had resisted an order from Mutodi not to increase prices after the company doubled the prices of its newspapers.  Mutodi later said that he had buried the hatchet with Ncube, tweeting

I have buried the hatchet with my brother Trevor Ncube in the good spirit of our new 2nd Republic. A friendship built after a fight is long-lasting.

Introducing the Pindula News Mobil App
Download from Google Play Store


We publish the statement from the Ministry in full,

Today we met one of our major publishers and longtime media practitioner Mr Trevor Nctibe. We thank him and his Team for reaching out. As part of our ministerial mandate, we are obligated to develop a diverse and plural media industry for Zimbabwe.

That means embracing everyone including those who we agree with and those we may not agree with. The idea is not to have a pliant media but the media that is robust and vibrant in its different ways serving the National Interest.

We will continue to engage all stakeholders and listen to their views and take them on board as we formulate the media policy suitable for the New Dispensation and the Second Republic.

This Ministry is not going to have an “Us versus Them” attitude to private media but will treat all players, as a relevant 4th Estate supporting our mantra of Zimbabwe is Open for Business in their different ways. Zimbabwe is open for Business, and we are saying

Zimbabwe is Open for Media Business. We are opening the Media Space and the airwaves for Zimbabwe’s plural views to find channels of outlet. This Ministry is going to have an Open Door Policy. As long as your ideas ads value to the National Interest, everyone will be seen and be heard. We are going to facilitate a 2-way communication between the Government of Zimbabwe and the Citizenry.

Every Zimbabwean wants the Information Industry to develop standards that make output trusted and genuine. In the advent of Fake News, our formal media platforms and publications should be the source of verifiable facts. We hope these high standards of Quality will be sustained.

Let the Media criticise where wrong has happened and let them lead in the celebrations of national culture and national achievements. This Ministry wants dynamism in the promotion of people’s rights as well as national sovereignty.

This Ministry will attend to all Media enquiries on Government Policy, and we are going to be a responsive Communication Arm of Government. If you allow us time we are going to give you the responses you seek because our interests converge on being informative and transparent.

I thank you. We all have a country to build.

Also Read,


Trevor NcubeEnergy MutodiAlpha Media Holdings

Trevor Vusumuzi Ncube is a journalist, show host and Zimbabwean entrepreneur. He is the founder, owner, and executive chairman of Alpha Media Holdings and show host of In Conversation With Trevor. He is also the former owner of the Mail & Guardian Media Group (South... Read More About Trevor Ncube

Energy Mutodi is a controversial politician and former Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting Services. Mutodi was fired from his job as deputy minister by Emmerson Mnangagwa on 20 May 2020. He is also a business person, Rhumba musician and an academic. He rose... Read More About Energy Mutodi

Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) is a media company in Zimbabwe which publishes newspapers and internet publications. It is one of the 3 large media companies in Zimbabwe, the others being Zimpapers and Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ). AMH was founded and is currently owned by... Read More About Alpha Media Holdings

Join WhatsApp & Telegram News Groups:

WhatsApp Group: https://chat.whatsapp.com/D4vbg5RLhkbFfVyMdu8rLi

Telegram Group: https://t.me/pindula

Back to top

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Share Full Post

Nyaradzo logo

RSS Recent Profiles Created

Satisfaction survey
How likely is it that you would recommend Pindula News to a friend or colleague?
SuggestionsHow can we improve?
You have already submitted your feedback. If you would like to add more feedback please write us on hello@pindula.com.