First Lady accused of calling ex-Herald editor a snake in the carpet after refusing to cover her events. First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has been accused of calling former acting Herald editor Tichaona Zindoga a “snake in the carpet” after he blocked her demands for prime placement in the newspaper on a daily basis.
According to reports by ZimLive this was claimed by Zindoga himself on Twitter after he blasted presidential spokesman George Charamba of selling the idea of dedicated media teams to Mnangagwa in a bid to win favour with the tantrum-prone First Lady.
Zindoga said Auxillia now moves with an entourage which includes a media team from The Herald and the ZBC. This followed after Herald tweeted that Auxillia Mnangagwa had:
“carried her spirit of spreading love to the needy and vulnerable into the New Year, this time giving the elderly in Norton a share of her warm heart.”
To which Zindoga hit back
“This gripping, fantastic and riveting reportage by my former paper is the idea of our brother @jamwanda2 who last year convinced the first lady of Zimbabwe that she was not getting enough coverage, and needed not only more but a dedicated team from State media, along with information officers,” Zindoga wrote, referencing Charamba’s ghost Twitter account.
“She was convinced that any less coverage was tantamount to sabotaging her work. As such, she treated any moderation from editors – myself being the chief at the time – as a personal attack on her and her office.
“For this crime of simply identifying and anticipating pitfalls that came with over circulating her and not moderating the reportage, the first lady of Zimbabwe called the acting editor all sorts of names, including ‘Snak In The Carpet
“She said she knew that Zindoga belonged to the opposition and wondered why he was being paid by a government he did not like! She said she would make sure he would not get confirmed as full editor.
Zindoga claims the journalists who travel with the first lady locally and internationally have become so powerful they no longer take instructions from their editors and have formed their own ‘cabal’. He has since privatized his Twitter account.