In relation to the article on Makamba’s Empire in the Sunday Mail, it is a shame that a seasoned journalist can write without facts, writing a derogatory piece.
A balanced article need to be checked for libel, defamation and have input of all parties involved as well as being informative. It is as simple as that. Political and/or personal agendas are killing our local publications’ repute. One sided stories have eroded the core purpose of fact-finding and sensible journalism.
Banking on Africa (BOAF) already had a commentary on this shambolic journalism. Mr Elvis Mugari had this to say, “I am very concerned with that the quality of journalism has sunk this low to the extent of permitting this kind of gutter journalism. Simple internet search shows available literature that could have informed the “investigations” carried out by Brian Chitemba, the investigations editor of Sunday Mail!”
What was being sold?
The Sunday Mail articles fails to articulate what transaction it was, the reader is not told in specificity what conditions of default were. Surely for money to exchange hands there must have been legitimate expectation, what constitutes the legitimate expectation? The article does not state what was being sold. Seller was not Empowerment Corporation but was Kestrel Corporation and buyer was Brainworks. The article states Kestrel Corporation as being indebted to Ecsponent Zimbabwe, the article fails to explain how Brainworks transferred rights to the applicant Ecsponent yet original agreement is between Kestrel and Brainworks. On this basis alone any investigative reporter ought to have known to research further and provide the reader with facts not fiction.
How can Kestrel be indebted to a company that was never a contracting party? Mr Manyere had no agreement with Dr Makamba, the agreement was Brainworks and Kestrel Corporation, a man of limited intellect would have picked up on that there was no exchange of value on the person of Makamba and the person of Manyere but rather on two corporate bodies.
In order for Ecsponent to step into the shoes of Brainworks a substitution agreement would exist that would Brainworks rights in respect of Kestrel would have been transferred to Ecsponent. In the context of BOAF, Ms Miriam Mutizwa said, “I am astounded that facts are frequently sacrificed for fiction and scandalisation. I feel sorry for Dr Makamba, who after a long sustained period of harassment, has to endure this below the belt attacks in the name of journalism”.
This investigator is not alone in trying to make Manyere and Makamba the legal contracting parties. Many journalists perpetuate the distortion. In respect of the promise and challenges of corporate civilisation there are many who purport to be educated and yet illiterate about corporate matters.
This failed piece of writing presented a distinctive opportunity for a journalist worth his salt to demonstrate why commercial as opposed to subsistence civilisation is critically important to democratise its true facts.
What are the real facts?
The fact is that Dr Makamba and Mr Manyere have no dispute. What is in dispute is the relationship between Kestrel Corporation and Ecsponent in so far as the allegation is made, that pursuant to Brainworks paying Kestrel Corporation a purportedly deposit of USD2.7million, the underlying deal was aborted. No facts about the terms and conditions for this payment are contained in the article let alone what could constitute a breach.
Commenting on this kind of journalism, Mushana Murefu asserted that, “Rule of law is what will address the absence of responsible reporting by the current breed of journalists. There has got to be standards. One should not just say something potentially damaging while ignoring factual information. In the UK one has to report responsibly or be sued”.
Journalists need to be professional. Research, have facts, have input from parties involved. At least the piece of writing will be investigative. It’s barbaric and below the belt for a publication to just publish damaging and deceitful articles unless it saves a hidden agenda.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro