President well and fine: Charamba

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Harare Bureau
THE government has dismissed a false report by a dubious online publication, ZimEye, that President Robert Mugabe collapsed and died while in the Far East where he is on his annual leave.

The website published the story under the headline: “Rumour rips CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) that Mugabe has collapsed”.

But presidential spokesperson and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, George Charamba said the false rumours about President Mugabe’s alleged death had become a usual chorus every January whenever he is on his annual leave.

“You can doubt that there can be a new year but you can’t doubt that there will be a story on the President’s alleged death every January,” he said.

“This is the way the website seeks to improve its hits in order to get dirty money from Google. There’s a financial incentive to the grim lie.

“The government is exploring mechanisms for dealing with such extra territorial mischief. These websites ride on carriers, don’t they?”

Some people picked the hoax that first appeared on the ZimEye website and started circulating it on social media.

The ZimEye website, that is known for fabricating stories, published the story under the pretext of a letter to the editor by one of their readers.

Online media reports yesterday claimed that a South African radio station also picked up the false story and ran it before retracting it and apologising.

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  • Bambanani

    In fact, when is he dying, never mind the coming back.

  • Jotham

    Wena elakho igodi liza ngenwa ngubani, njaaaa. Ukufa is not punishment and anyone who believes death is punishment is a lunatic. Many Black Africans especially Zimbos believe that if a person dies – it is some form of punishment. Phaqa as a black baboon – you are stupid.

  • Suppoter

    Ndoda wena wawungenzenja kufa inja, mina ngangizojabula. Inja engakwazi ngisho ukuzongela elandelana noMama beyokhamanzi hai, Ngumgodoyi loyo.

  • Mkhusto

    Akunjalo mfowethu. Mugabe swaped mpoko for munangagwa because he doesn’t want anyone from matebeleland to remain president in case he dies. Lomuntu usizonda lasekufeni ngilusizi ukuthi ngitsho kanjalo

  • mukorekoreTavara

    I also got suspicious why the sudden exchange of acting president before expiry of holiday