VICE PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa lied when he told Parliament last week that the Nigerian reporter who tormented President Robert Mugabe about his rule had apologised.
Mugabe was in Nigeria for the inauguration of president-elect Muhammadu Buhari when he was accosted by journalists over his long stay in power.
But Adeola Fayehun, the Sahara TV reporter who humiliated Mugabe tree weeks ago, rejected claims by Mnangagwa that she “wrote a long letter apologising”.
“I did not know that vice presidents also lie, he (Mnangagwa) actually lied that I apologised. Now produce the letter that I wrote; let us see it because I never did. I never apologised,” said Adeola in her latest episode of “Keeping it real with Adeola”.
Responding to questions from legislators on what government was doing to mitigate against further embarrassment on the president, Mnangagwa last week said Adeola had “apologised to her government over the embarrassing encounter”.
“In this case, it is the Nigerian government that should feel embarrassed because it failed in its duty,” Mnangagwa said.
“However, we have not received any apology from the Nigerians regarding the issue, but I am aware that the journalist has written to her government apologising for her behaviour and the embarrassment she caused her country.”
The Nigerian journalist asked Mugabe a range of questions but mainly when he was going to cede power and if there was any democracy in Zimbabwe.
Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain 35 years ago, did not respond, but the episode made global headlines.
The State media was to later claim the journalist had apologised.