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THE late Amos Midzi’s overzealous grown up children on Saturday took time off mourning their father to harass a NewZimbabwe.com journalist who was taking pictures of them during the burial.

It took an unidentified relative of the Midzi family to stop the children of the cabinet minister from physically attacking reporter Nkosana Dlamini in full view of the mourners.

The incident, Dlamini said later, happened during a hushed situation when Midzi’s relatives and friends were giving their graveside speeches.

“I was going about my duties as a journalist, taking pictures of what I found to be newsworthy during the burial,” Dlamini said.

“Trouble only started when I turned to Midzi’s three children who shared a sofa as they all turned away from the camera insisting they were not interested in being photographed.

“But that was not enough as two of them, whom I later identified as Kundai and Vimbai, sprang from their seat in full view of the mourners and charged at me.”

According to Dlamini, Kundai kept cursing, saying, “Do you want shit, I will give you shit, I will give you shit.”

He was joined by his younger sister Vimbai who ordered the scribe not to take images of them.

It took a relative to stop the incensed children from assaulting the journalist but not before the relative also imparted lessons to the scribe to allow the late Zanu PF official’s children time to mourn.

“Siyai vana vacheme kani. Ehe ibasa tinozviziva asi musavatore ma picture (Let the children mourn in peace. We know we are doing your job but just avoid taking images of them.”

It emerged later that the same children had confronted a Daily News photographer and a Nyaradzo Funeral Services video cameraman at the family’s Mount Pleasant home, telling them to stop taking pictures of mourners at the funeral ceremony.

“She (Vimbai) confronted me saying she was angry with journalists who have written nonsense about her father,” said the Daily News photographer who preferred not to be named.

Ironically, Vimbai Midzi is said to have recently graduated from a journalism training school.

A relative to the family later approached Dlamini and the Daily News photographer apologising for the children’s behaviour.

“Just bear with them. They are still bitter with how their father was treated in Zanu PF. They say that their father spent a lot of the family’s wealth trying to develop his constituency in Epworth only to be chased away like a dog.”

Source : New Zimbabwe