PRESS STATEMENT ON FAKE NEWS ARTICLE CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The Parliament of Zimbabwe has noted with grave concern, the flagrant and irresponsible abuse of social media by one person supposedly writing under the moniker, Monica Mashinda, in a brazen attempt to impugn the integrity of individual Members of Parliament and the institution of Parliament collectively.
The shameless author of the ‘fake news’ article circulating on Whatsapp, makes patently untrue and malicious allegations against named Hon. Members of Parliament under the headline “Legislators Caught Pants Down in Parly Toilet.”
The said allegations attempt to sully the image of Parliament and the characters of Parliamentarians by giving the impression of an institution devoid of morality and the decorum associated with what is rightly termed an august institution.
The Parliament of Zimbabwe would like to categorically dismiss this fake news article with the contempt that it deserves and to reassure the public that nothing of the sort has ever happened, nor, indeed, will it ever happen in Parliament.
The nature of the security and traffic of persons within Parliament Building is such that the alleged trysts would not happen.
Despite any misgivings that the public may have, Members of Parliament are guided by strict rules of decorum in their conduct which they earnestly endeavour to follow in and outside Parliament.
It is unfortunate and regrettable though that any right-thinking person, regardless of the fertility of their imagination, would unashamedly circulate news they know to be fake without any pangs of conscience particularly as it casts aspersions on the characters and standing of Honourable Members of Parliament or any other person for that matter.
It is our hope that the public can see through this malicious vendetta of vilification and character assassination for what it is.
K.M. Chokuda CLERK OF PARLIAMENT
OFFICE OF THE CLERK PARLIAMENT OF ZIMBABWE
02 DEC 220
P. O. BOX CY298. CAUSEWAY
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