HARARE – Munyaradzi Kereke, the ex-advisor to Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono, says he has launched a “criminal complaint” against the Daily News for re-publishing a newzimbabwe.com story that claimed his family’s alleged disappearance was a hoax.
In a barrage of text messages and phone calls to the Daily News yesterday, the Rockfoundation Medical Centre (RMC) proprietor says he was injured by the Saturday article, which he claims was based on falsehoods that the police had dismissed the incident.
According to him, a manhunt for his wife Joseline and four-year-old daughter Tashinga is still on, and police are still searching in faraway places, including South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Kereke says he was particularly irked by reports that the “vanishing” was a false call when the police were yet to knock on his door to interview him and interrogate the purported gardener who witnessed his family leave after a domestic altercation.
The animated businessman, who has been on a warpath against his former central bank boss Gono and the media, said pictures of the missing pair will be sent out on Monday and papers, including the Daily News would also be appraised of the latest developments then.
In a startling revelation, the RMC founder not only claimed that his opponents were probably behind the abduction or hostage holding of his family, but also responsible for planting the false stories.
According to Kereke, the Daily News was harassing him — by publishing this and other stories — especially at this distressful time, hence he needed police protection. – Staff Writer