International human rights law expert, Pedzisai Ruhanya, and award-winning journalist and filmmaker, Hopewell Chin’ono, have responded to being labelled sell-outs by the Zimbabwean government after their dispute with SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax on Twitter.
Deputy Information minister Energy Mutodi had hit out at the duo for “selling out” in a Twitter post earlier on Thursday. In response, Ruhanya said:
You are the biggest loudmouth Energy. I will never sell-out Zimbabwe but won’t be silenced by useless and hopeless wannabes like you Energy. You are not Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe is not ndombolo dance.
Chin’ono mocked the government for being obsessed with attacking journalists for simply telling the truth while doctors are not at work and there is no electricity, fuel, water, among other things. He wrote:
A government is obsessed with attacking journalists who simply tell them the truth.
Doctors are not at work, no electricity, no fuel, no water, no passports, no jobs and the list goes on.
Yet the first thing that comes up to their minds when they wake up is, Hopewell and Pedzisai?!