In Summary
  • The fake account in the name of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party sent a tweet last week urging foreign tourists to ditch Kenya for Zimbabwe because of security concerns.
  • Zimbabwe Tourism Authority ZTA chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke said the tweet was mischievous and distanced Zanu PF from the account.

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A Twitter parody account almost caused a serious diplomatic rift between Zimbabwe and Kenya after a tweet that seemed to trivialise terrorist attacks in the East African country went viral.

The fake account in the name of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party sent a tweet last week urging foreign tourists to ditch Kenya for Zimbabwe because of security concerns.

The imposter using the twitter handle @zanu_pf posted: “White people wanting to visit Africa, don’t risk your life in Kenya – come to Zimbabwe for a safe holiday.”

Some bloggers were fooled by the post, sparking a heated debate on social networks.

The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) was forced to address journalists on Tuesday to clarify the government’s position on the matter.

ZTA chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke said the tweet was mischievous and distanced Zanu PF from the account.

“We enjoy very cordial relations with Kenya and we have no business sponsoring such a campaign which is based on mischief,” he said.

“We have gone through very difficult situations in our recent history, more than Kenya and so we can’t do that.

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