The government has labelled a local journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and academic Pedzisai Ruhanya, sell-outs following their fall-out with Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Stergomena Lawrence Tax on Twitter.
Writing on microblogging site Twitter on Thursday, Deputy Information minister Energy Mutodi said:
The Government of Zimbabwe stands with Dr Tax following her sentiments on sell-outs Hopewell Chin’ono, Pedzisai Ruhanya among others who focus on tarnishing the image of the government.
Sell-outs speak bad about their country, seek to please outsiders and are desperate for attention.
Earlier this week, Chin’ono had castigated the Tanzanian President for changing from being a “reformist” to becoming a “hero worshipper”. He also made reference to Lawrence Tax, who is a Tanzanian citizen.
Tax had suggested that Zimbabweans who criticise President Emmerson Mnangagwa do not want to see their country succeed.
Her tweet drew condemnation from Chin’ono, Ruhanya, and Tsitsi Dangarembga, among other Zimbabweans.