VETERAN broadcaster Godfrey Majonga once linked to a torture ordeal in the hands of the now by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, has died.
The death of the former Zimbabwe Media Commission chair was announced Tuesday by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services which tweeted on his death.
“We have learnt with sorrow and sadness the passing on of veteran broadcaster Mr Godfrey Majonga. Mr Majonga made immense contributions to the broadcasting industry as a broadcaster and later as the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC). May his soul rest in eternal peace,” the Ministry announced.
Details of his death were not given.
Born able-bodied, Majonga in later years of his life became wheelchair bound under unclear circumstances.
His name and that of then Security Minister Mnangagwa was dragged into a nasty fallout over a girlfriend by exiled former Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo.
In September 2017, former President Robert Mugabe then told a bumper crowd in Bindura that a 72-minute video presented in the Zanu PF politburo by then Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo on July 19 that year claimed current President Emmerson Mnangagwa almost killed and succeeded in ending the career of the then ZBC television star Majonga.
Mugabe claimed that Mnangagwa found Majonga in a flat of his girlfriend and, raging with fury, allegedly forced the soft-spoken media personality to choose between sitting on a red-hot stove or jumping to his death from the third floor of a downtown high rise building in the capital.
Majonga allegedly took the easy route of jumping through the window of the flat where the stand-off occurred, according to Mugabe.
The incident took place in 1987, the same year that Zanu and Zapu signed the Unity Accord to end the bloodletting in the Midlands and Matabeleland Province, through what became known as the Gukurahundi era.
Upon being contacted for comment two years ago following Mugabe’s revealing story, Majonga initially told the Daily News that he could not give details over the murky episode because he had not watched Mugabe’s speech at the Mashonaland Central youth interface meeting.
He said: “Handina chekutaura, madii kuvabvunza ivo? Handina kuzvinzwa ndanga ndiri kufuneral. (I have nothing to say, why don’t you ask the people making the allegations? Besides, I didn’t hear what the president said, I was attending a funeral).”
He went on: “The people who can help you is the person making the allegations. I have no comment.”
Mnangagwa denied the claims.
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