Reuben Barwe Should Apologise For Asking If “People Of Bulawayo” Were Responsible For Explosion

Writing in an op-ed, Nqaba Matshazi deputy editor of NewsDay, says that ZBC News reporter Reuben Barwe should apologise for his characterisation of the people of Bulawayo. This comes after Barwe lumped all of Bulawayo’s people into one group when he asked President Emmerson Mnangagwa if he believed that the people of Bulawayo were behind the explosion which took place at White City Stadium. The explosion injured at least 47 and killed 2. Writes Matshazi,

…Imagine my horror when I heard ZBC journalist, Rueben Barwe ask President Emmerson Mnangagwa if it the people of Bulawayo could have been responsible for the tragic attack at a Zanu PF rally last weekend.

Here is a person that should know better, as a journalist, who instead of resorting to stereotypes and lazy characterisation should have known what the public reaction to his question would naturally have been.

But Barwe went the tired route and asked the most pedestrian question that anyone could have asked.

Barwe may have been “trying” to absolve the people of Bulawayo from the attack at the rally, but they do not need his absolving and instead a police inquest or whatever investigation could have sufficed.

By extension, Barwe could have all but pronounced the undefined “people of Bulawayo” as guilty until proven innocent, rather than the age-old legal mantra that assumes everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Imagine if Mnangagwa had not responded to Barwe’s question in the manner he did, there could be mayhem, with the people of Bulawayo being accused of that dastardly act.

Credit must go to Mnangagwa for the way he responded, but Barwe’s intentions or lack of probity in the manner he asked it, has to be questioned.

For many, there was a real fear that this could be the beginning of a crackdown on the people of Bulawayo and Barwe’s question just fuelled that speculation.

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2 comments on “Reuben Barwe Should Apologise For Asking If “People Of Bulawayo” Were Responsible For Explosion

  1. Barwe does not need to apologise even if it was G40 how come Bulawayo is the prime ground for attempts on ED that’s where he was poisoned location may mean something HERE

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