I make reference to the last held edition of the PLATFORM of Monday, 16 May 2016 and the subsequent misleading comments attributed to Ms R. Parirenyatwa on social media claiming that she did not invite me to attend the program.
The message was sent from mobile no 0731525683, which I believe its Ms Parirenyatwa’s work assigned mobile no.I took the liberty to send screenshot of the same to the Station
Manager, Mrs Madondo and the Head of News and Current Affairs Mr. Jakachira, Ms Parirenyatwa and yourself.
Ms Parirenyatwa later managed to get through and she personally begged me to appear on the program- despite the short notice. Initially I refused but she pleaded with me to attend until I agreed.30 minutes later, I met her at the station and she thanked me for coming and briefed on the program, gave me the profile of the other guest and requested me to oppose his views, and that needed an experienced live debater who has competency in economic and political matters.
When Evan Mawarire arrived, we all agreed to my presence and participation in the program. I must put on record that this is not the first time that I have appeared in her anchored programs, albeit, at her invitation and at a short notice.I am dismayed, disappointed and aggrieved with her comments stating that she did not invite me to attend the show. By insinuation, I gate crashed into the program? Why did she proceed with a program with an uninvited guest?
ZiFM ,as a media institution, is encumbered, at common law, with the responsibility to protect its sources, guests and interviewees.
With respect, I feel that her conduct in this regard stands as indictment on your institution to rein in on your personnel regarding press/public statements relating to the station programs. More importantly to note is that she is lying.
I, therefore, demand, as I hereby do that the station tell its audience the truth.