Scores of staunch United Family International Church (UFIC) leader Emmanuel Makandiwa followers besieged Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) offices in Harare on Sunday after they were incensed by The Standard newspaper.
The Standard had published a picture of Makandiwa’s wife, Ruth but erroneously said she was the rape accused Prophet Walter Magaya’s wife.
That alone was enough for Makandiwa followers to storm the publication’s offices ‘demanding editor’s head’.
Today, the Standard’s sister paper, NewsDay rectified the error.
“In yesterday’s issue of The Standard, our sister paper erroneously identified Ruth Makandiwa. We unreservedly apologise to Makandiwa and the United Family International Church for the embarrassment caused. In this picture, Makandiwa feeds young Makanaka Linde of Tanyaradzwa Children’s Home during her birthday celebrations at the Rainbow Towers in Harare on Friday. Makandiwa hosted more than 400 children from various orphanages in Harare and Murehwa’ the paper said.
NewsDay deputy editor Nqaba Matshazi laughed off the incident on his official twitter account.
He posted “Zimbabwean politicians are tiring, but there are angels compared to these church people, spent two hours discussing a wrong caption
“Lol had scores of them packed at our offices from about 9am, baying for editor’s head. They think it’s deliberate”.