|Stephane Tchakam, Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA|
Robert Mukondiwa, one of Zimbabwe's finest journalists, was caught having sex with a male prostitute while covering President Mugabe's trip to Windhoek, Namibia. When news reached President Mugabe, "he blew his top." He demanded to know who was protecting Mukondiwa at Zimpapers. The newspaper held an emergency meeting over the weekend to determine Mukondiwa's fate.
Editors at Zimpapers take turns to accompany the President on his lucrative trips where they are paid hefty allowances. Mukondiwa accompanied President Mugabe to cover the summit of liberation war movements in SADC last week.
While in Windhoek, Mukondiwa, one of the finest journalists in the country, reportedly shared a room with an intelligence operative to mitigate the costs. But while the CIO operative was away, Mukondiwa hired a male gay hooker for a good time.
But the CIO operative returned earlier than anticipated and walked in on the two while they were humping. He reportedly alerted Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba. The matter was said to have reached Mugabe’s ears, who blew his top.
He reportedly summoned Information minister Webster Shamu about the matter and enquired why he had approved a homosexual to cover his trip when he knew his revulsion against gays.
Shamu was said to have tried to protect him, but Mugabe reportedly said it was not the first time such a case had been brought to his attention. He reportedly demanded to know who was protecting Mukondiwa at Zimpapers and why. Over the weekend, a crisis meeting was held at Zimpapers to decide Mukondiwa’s fate.
Mukondiwa posted to his Facebook wall that he was feeling suicidal on Saturday.
Robert Mukondiwa "pray for me...i am feeling suicidal. its only a matter of minutes Saturday at 16:29 via Facebook Mobile."