Model and socialite Jackie Ngarande has furiously denied allegations that she is having an adulterous affair with Minister of Finance and Economic Development Mthuli Ncube. Jackie has strenuously denied the allegations saying that she has never had nor does she have any sort of relationship with Mthuli Ncube. She has threatened to take legal action against the publications who claimed such.
Below is the full statement from the socialite released on Monday, which iHarare is publishing in full:
06 April 2020
Ref: Jacqueline Tinovimbika Ngarande Press Statement For Immediate release.
This press statement is with reference to news stories that widely circulated on social media and online publications concerning an alleged relationship/affair between myself and a certain minister of the Government of Zimbabwe.
These allegations are malicious, unfounded and an attempt to damage my image and reputation and also to tarnish the image and reputation of all those mentioned in the stories including my long time friend Miss P Nare. I do not have have a relationship with the said minister either personally or professionally, and like any other citizen of Zimbabwe, I have only read about him in the newspapers due to the nature of his work.
I would like to urge the purveyors of these falsehoods to desist from such hideous acts as they negatively impact on families. They strain relationships and in the process destroy careers. I have since sought legal advice from my lawyers concerning this unfortunate incident with a view to stop the circulation of such hurtful lies and to bring the perpetrators of fake news to book.
Jacqueline Tinovimbika Ngarande
The whole affair started when an Instagram account calling itself popcornroomzw published sensational allegations about Jackie Ngarande, Mthuli Ncube and Pokello Nare. As iHarare, we took note of the Instagram post but ignored the allegations as they were not backed up by anything.
However, a few days after the Instagram post, Finance Minister Mthuli was reported to be furious at Jackie Ngarande. The Minister was reported to have demanded an apology and a retraction from Jackie Ngarande over the allegations contained in the Instagram Post and wanted to take legal action against her for abusing social media.
A few days later other online publications claimed that Mthuli Ncube and Jackie Ngarande had been caught redhanded by the Minister’s wife after she made a surprise visit using a chartered private plane. However, a few days later, one of the publications, claimed that the story had been an April Fools day joke.