Government says it is unacceptable for social and mainstream media to be used to peddle falsehoods.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Aaron Nhepera said it is unacceptable and unethical to publish falsehoods.
“Government has noted with deep concern, recent developments where mainstream media, social media and individuals are spreading falsehoods on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the nation’s leadership.
“Some of the falsehoods that have been peddled include suggestions that the Honorable Vice President General Retired Constantino Chiwenga was unwell and had been airlifted to China for medical treatment,” Nhepera said.
He added that Vice President Kembo Mohadi was also subjected to similar falsehoods, along with many other senior government and ruling ZANU-PF officials.
“Members of the public are urged to desist from such tendencies that infringe on other people’s rights and cause unnecessary distress and anguish among the people affected,” he said.
“Our focus as law-abiding citizens should be on strict observance of the World Health Organization regulations on COVID-19 and adherence to the national lockdown restrictions,” Nhepera added.
The country last week lost two cabinet ministers to the virus, Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo and Transport Minister Joel Biggie Matiza.
Meanwhile,YAFM and online television portal Great Dyke TV will host the inaugural webinar on the series Beating Covid-19 Infections on the 29th of January 2021 to discuss how to beat the rising tide of covid-19 infections.
A number of panelists including Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Larry Mavhima, the Midlands Provincial Medical Director Dr Fabian Mashingaidze, Prince Mutandi, ZINATHA Secretary for Education, a survivor a representative from the local office of the United Nations and Cellmed Health will be among the panelists.