The journalists were each reportedly paid $10 for luring the intern to the ‘Honourable’ Member’s offices, says an insider who supplied the names of those accused.
Following allegations that there were plans to protect the two senior journalists who have the backing of the MP, staff at Zimpapers have written an anonymous letter to their CEO Justin Mutasa and Editor in Chief Pikirai Deketeke, as well as the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, which is running a campaign against sexual harassment of female journalists.
The letter says: “While the media has helped expose some ills in society, it is disturbing that senior staffers at your newspaper allegedly helped a senior Zanu (PF) politician to sexually abuse an innocent journalism intern at your newspaper.”
The two senior journalists allegedly led the intern to the MP’s office under the pretext of wanting to interview him. Once inside, they came up with excuses to depart, leaving the intern with the MP who locked the door.
“He fondled her breasts, touched her buttocks and put his feet on her lap. When the MP tried to kiss her, she threatened to scream. He then let her out.”
The young intern is reportedly traumatised and has not reported the matter to the police, having been threatened by authorities at the newspaper not to take the matter further.
ZUJ Acting President, Michael Chideme said he was aware of the issue and would comment once he had “full information on the allegations”.Post published in: News