[thechat] 'War Correspondent' Has Cover Blown

Hugh Blair hblair at hotfootmail.com
Tue Apr 1 10:51:30 CST 2003

>From the "He did what?" department:

Apr 1, 8:55 am ET

MBABANE (Reuters) - Listeners to Swaziland's state-run radio 
station thought it had its own correspondent in Baghdad covering 
the war -- until legislators spotted him in parliament at the 

"Why are they lying to the nation that the man is in Iraq, when 
he is here in Swaziland, broadcasting out of a broom closet?" 
MP Jojo Dlamini demanded of Information Minister Mntomzima 
Dlamini in the House of Assembly on Monday.

The minister said he would investigate the matter.

Announcer Phesheya Dube gave "live reports" purportedly from 
Baghdad last week. Program host Moses Matsebula frequently 
expressed concerns about Dube's wellbeing and once advised 
him to "find a cave somewhere to be safe from missiles."

The station declined to comment and referred questions to 
the ministry. 

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