MDC Alliance legislator for Zengeza West, Job Sikhala, accuses Daily News of blackmailing him by publishing an article suggesting that he called for talks with President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Below is Sikhala’s statement in response to the article.
Daily News blackmailing myself
By Hon Job Wiwa.
The Daily News today the 3rd of December 2020, really shocked me by leading their paper with lies intending to blackmail my person by a lying headline that I suggested on my Twit which I called the people of Zimbabwe to unite to confront our mirage of governance challenges on the problems authored by Emmerson Mnangagwa. In desperate, attempts to bid for whomever they work for, they claim that I am now of changed heart that I urge people to engage with Emmerson Mnangagwa. My foot!!. This is the rubbish of the century. I have got no grain of respect for Emmerson Mnangagwa for their record and will never wish a right-thinking person to even talk to him.
Blessing Mushava met me at Parliament and asked me about my Twit calling upon Zimbabweans to unite. In his mind, he thought for the sake of bidding my Twit meant unit with Mnangagwa. Shame. I have no aota (iota) of respect for Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday, today and tomorrow for me to suggest any form of talk with him.
For clarity, the unity by my Twit was unity to confront Mnangagwa and not the self-serving wishes as spoken by the Daily News. I told Blessing Mushava that I was not interested to talk to any press at the moment but he insisted on comment on my Twit which I politely and intelligently avoided.
For engagement in the future, the Daily News should retract its leading story about me which has enraged myself and has far-reaching consequences on my beliefs, reputation and standing in the public eye.