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Published: March 10, 2009
London(ZimEye)Disgraced ex-MDC Chairman, Ephraim Tapa has repeatedly begged the ZimEye to remove an article in which he insulted Zimbabwe’s Prime minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.
For the past 4 weeks, Ephraim Tapa has made repeated calls to the ZimEye requesting the publication to remove his anti-Tsvangirai article in which he labelled Tsvangirai ‘an ill-witted politician who has no confidence in himself’. Tapa has categorically denied having in any way insulted Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister. He said:
‘My Christian values do not allow me to say such things. But what I do agree to have done is to contest on ideologies. So in that case if the article was written like that, then it is offending even to me. As if threatening ZimEye with legal action, Tapa then ordered our reporter to ‘remove the article’
When asked by our reporter,
‘Are you now suggesting that we fabricated this story?’ Tapa replied:
‘That conversation yatakaita ka iyo,which we had…was a private conversation. OK. And I did not give anyone authority to publish it.’ After this, the ROHR leader then quiety admitted insulting Mrogan Tsvangirai.
However, immediately after this, Tapa went on to debate his way and ‘stretching his tongue’ further to call our reporter his ‘best friend’ Our reporter and Tapa are strangers, having had only two interviews over a one month-space period in October last year.
At the end of the convesation, the former MDC chairman staged another persuasive twist when he began to describe his relationship with ZimEye as that between husband and wife, saying there are certain things that are ‘spoken in the house which should not be made known to the rest of the world.’
On Saturday, Tapa also called for a demonstration at Zimbabwe House in London, claiming to protest against the Zimbabwean government after Morgan Tsvangirai’s accident. The MDC has distanced itself from this protest saying that Mr Tapa is acting on his own accord.
In August 2007, Ephraim Tapa was sacked from leadership for incompetence, when the new Speaker of parliament Lovemore Moyo came from Harare and disbanded his committee. Since then, Tapa formed a protest organisation by the name of Restoration Of Human Rights (ROHR) He also launched an online strategy attempting to destroy Tsvangirai’s image while at the same time bringing his own image back on the political screens (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)