Author Kenneth Mufuka has said he is overwhelmed by messages from Zanu PF stalwarts who are reportedly afraid of Hopewell Chin’ono and his anti-corruption campaign. Mufuka quoted Dr Mavaza Masimba and his opinions about how influential media was responsible for Donald Trump not being voted America’s next president.
Mufuka then quoted Barack Obama and said:
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Former president Barack Obama had this sentence written somewhere in the White House: “Don’t do stupid things?” Just in passing, Obama was exceptional in his mastery of the US press, which has gone rogue since the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1994. It would be a brilliant idea before US ambassador Brian Nichols leaves Zimbabwe for journalists to invite him for a farewell party and ask him to address Obama’s mastery of the press.
The issue here, Dr Masimba, is that no modern government can survive for long with some understanding of the new developments in the media and how to handle the social media as well. Journalists have a nose for news.
In Masvingo, my friends have been warned that they should not do stupid things in my presence because the temptation to write them up is very great. The government of Zimbabwe employs earth-moving companies to bull-doze 500 houses in Budiriro township, destroying life-savings of the occupants. The occupants are Zimbabweans.
The season is the middle of the rainy season. Even the Philistines had better sense and compassion towards their fellows than the Zimbabwean government. Don’t do stupid things and blame them on Hopewell. If I was there, I would write up the Philistine government too. I have no brief from the imperialists and my heart is in Zimbabwe.
Everywhere one turns, one finds Philistines (called chefs) displaying their power with utter recklessness.
I am reading a police report that says 20 000 kombis have been impounded by police. The owners are trying to eke out a meagre living. They are citizens of Zimbabwe. Their investments are ruined. Why are you doing stupid things? Are you blaming Hopewell for writing you up?
Another report from Gokwe says the military is going from house-to-house beating up people ,who are not wearing masks. So, a 19-year-old soldier accuses my grandmother (oh, my mother of the Rain bird) of a crime, decides that punishment is five strokes of a sjambok (rhino hidewhip). Please, my brilliant students would have a feast on such a test. How many roles does the soldier play? He is an investigator, a prosecutor and a judge and God have mercy, he also takes all complaints against his decisions. Why are you doing stupid things?
There are two incidents where President Emmerson Mnangangwa was absolutely inspirational. “Fellow Zimbabweans…the time is now to say NO to demigods and people that are self-centred and only think of themselves and their families. Let us now bury our differences and rebuild a new prosperous Zimbabwe, a country that is tolerant to divergent views, a country that respects opinions of others, a country that does not isolate itself from the rest of the world, because one stubborn individual, who believes he is entitled
to rule this country until death.
“We want a country that gives every citizen the opportunity to prosper, to take care of their families,
a country that encourages Zimbabweans to invest in their economy and contribute to the development of infrastructure for futuregenerations.” ( November 2017)
Source: The Standard