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Apology to Dewa Mavinga

by Mandla Bhebhe
06 Jul 2018 at 17:44hrs | Views
In our articles regarding USAID's unilateral funding cut we used Mr Dewa Mavhinga's image, we apologise unreservedly for any damage done to Dewa Mavhinga's credibility and we have since pulled down Mavhinga's image.

Bulawayo24 did not in any story link Mr Mavhinga with the mentioned civic society organisation (s), however, it used Mr Mavhinga in the articles on relating to USAid funding cut.

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We used the image because we learnt that he was very instrumental in highlighting the abuse of funds by NGOs.

Mr Mavhinga actually did a lot in exposing the rot we are reading about today. He exposed many of these corrupt guys.

Dewa Mavhinga is the Southern Africa Director with the Africa Division at Human Rights Watch investigating human rights abuses in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland & Malawi. Dewa has more than ten years research and advocacy experience on Zimbabwe as well as in Southern Africa. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Dewa worked as the Regional Coordinator for Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition based in Johannesburg. In 2012 Dewa co-founded the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute.  

Faith Ndlovu, Programmes Officer at Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe wrote to registering Mr. Mavhinga's complaint.

Below is the letter:

Dear Mandla,

I trust you are keeping well and work is fine.

I would like to bring to your attention a complaint against a story published on Bulawayo24 on July 3.

Mr. Mavhinga in his complaint states that he has been wrongly linked with the mentioned civic society organisation (s) as he has never worked with them or been involved with them in any capacity. He is also not happy with the (unauthorised) publication of his picture by Pindula to accompany the story.

Mr. Mavhinga is demanding a retraction and apology and says that he is ready to engage the editor in a meeting as well. He Is also demanding that you withdraw the statements and delete the story from your website in addition to the apology.

Kindly respond to the issues raised by Mr. Mavhinga so that the Media Complaints Committee can accurately respond to the issues raised.

Looking forward to hearing from you at your earliest possible convenience.

Best Regards,

Faith Ndlovu
Programmes Officer
Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe
34 Colenbrander Road
Milton Park
Mobile: 00263774424150 / 00263772125658
Phone: 00263242778096

Source - Byo24News