POLICE were called on Friday after a woman walked into the offices of a privately-owned newspaper and excoriated journalists before urinating in the reception area.
The woman, who apparently got her knickers in a twist over The Daily News’ coverage of President Robert Mugabe’s recent trip to Asia, left the newspaper’s offices before police arrived.
A car waiting outside drove her away, said the publication’s news editor Guthrie Munyuki.
Munyuki said the woman, thought to be between 27 and 30 years, had scolded reporters over reports that President Robert Mugabe was seriously ill in Singapore, before the 88-year-old leader crushed those rumours by returning home on Thursday, apparently fit and well.
Asked about the woman’s mental state, Munyuki said “she knew what she was doing”, adding: “She was shouting stuff like ‘show us the president’s coffin’.
“She also claimed to have back-up, we were not sure whether she was armed or had something up her sleeve. For a while, we just watched her in silence.
“The whole incident was captured on CCTV. We will hand over the footage to the police.”
A journalist at the newspaper told how the woman “dribbled past security” after claiming to have a sensitive story to give to reporters.
“She bypassed the interview room and strutted into the newsroom. She raised her voice, ‘macomrades nhasi ndiri kuda kukumamisai, majaira kunyora zvekushora va… iwe wakapfeka kabhachi kakacheneruka apa uchitengesa nyika, nhasi mamama (Cdes, I’m going to deal with you today! You have been writing a lot of nonsense for too long … especially you wearing that weather-beaten old jacket despite betraying your country to its enemies)’,” Margaret Chinowaita wrote on Facebook.
“Everyone went quiet and she went on threatening to bomb the place. Security came and she was ushered out. But she could not go out without drama, she somehow managed to outfox the hefty security guard and remove her jeans.
“She then lowered her knickers and relieved herself at the reception area. Everyone was shocked. It’s a weird, weird world.”
Munyuki maintained the incident would not intimidate their journalists.