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Update: Rueben Barwe, Chinamasa covid-19 ‘death’ rumours

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) journalist Reuben Barwe and former Finance Minister, Patrick Chinamasa have resurfaced amid rumours that they succumbed to COVID-19.

Social media is awash with reports that the duo, Victor Matemadanda, Michael Nyambuya and many other prominent politicians died of COVID-19.

Information Permanent secretary Nick Mangwana castigated the irresponsible reporting on people’s deaths without verification;

Reporting on someone’s death should not be done lightly. Crosscheck, verify and verify again until fully confirmed. You address families and it is quite unfair. But it seems even established media houses who have forgotten the need to be sensitive to families