January 2020 came and it’s now gone, but there are some things that happened in it that really stands out especially in the world of communication.
In this regard, these two letters stood out, a press release from the Zimbabwe Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services and another one, a letter from the Zimbabwe Republic Police addressed to the MDC.
The Zimbabwe Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services posted a solidarity message written by Minister Mutsvangwa to the government of China concerning the fight against the deadly Corona virus.
In the case of the Ministry of Information, whether peoplewere responding to the mere wording of the press release or to the context of solidarity as expressed in the document, social media went abuzz in the same way it did with a letter fromZRP advising the MDC to join President Mnangagwa’s clean up campaigns rather than doing their own.
Below are some of the comments especially from Zimbabwe’s ‘tweeting’ community.
Responding to the press release, Pastor Evan Mawarire(@PastorEvanLive), a pastor and social justice advocatehighlighted the words “We stand ready to assist China in this fight”.
He wrote “We stand ready to assist China in this fight…” yet we cannot stand ready to provide latex gloves to our medical workers. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this madness/weirdness/idiocy.
Walter Mzembi (@waltermzembi), former Minister of Tourism in Zimbabwe scoffed at the press release saying “This kind of fawning sycophancy is a new low in statecraft and diplomacy and what kind of interstate communication is this? Where and why is the Minister of Foreign Affairs allowing this missive?”
Alex T Magaisa (Wamagaisa), former advisor to Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said “This is quite embarrassing. OTT. The kind of stuff you read in the fictional novels. But it’s from our government. Future generations will read this stuff in history books and weep.”
Teldah Mawarire (@teldah), Internews Project Director (SA) and former news editor for the Mail & Guardian Africa says “#Zimbabwe says in a statement it “stands ready to assist China” in the fight against #coronavirus. To assist China that built a hospital in two days? To assist China that we are constantly begging for loans. Hit me on the head somebody.”
Fadzai Mahere (@advocatemahere), a Constitutional lawyer and law lecturer said “Solidarity is not a strategy. 1. What is the Govt doing to ensure Zim is prepared to deal with incidents of the virus? 2. Are quarantine facilities available? 3. What medication is in place? 4. Have our public health personnel been trained? 5. Has the public been educated?”
Professor Mlambo (@MlamboProf) said “Zimbabwe stands ready to assist China to fight #coronavirus”. I am not sure what Mai Mutsvangwa, @InfoMinZw, @energymutodi, @nickmangwana and entire #Zimbabwe Gvt are smoking. Helping China yet your own clinics and hospitals don’t have gloves and paracetamol.
On the contrary, Black Angel (@BLACKAN101) responded to Professor Mlambo saying “I find it laughable how Zimbabweans stumbled over each other to be in solidarity with Kobe Bryant and Australia bush fires but China which has been an ally from before independence when the govtoffers Solidarity some find it offensive why? Is the mental slavery that ingrained?”
In the same vein, on Facebook, Tawanda David Gotami, a Security, Insurgency and Cyber Warfare specialist expressed a different opinion regarding the denigration of press release saying:
“So this moral affirmation of the Chinese abilities by its ally, Zimbabwe and support being received from other nations with capacity to do the scientific research into the epidemiology behind the virus are in no way different. Let’s remember how the international community rallied to support the US after the pronouncement of the Bush Doctrine by the then US president, George Bush. Some countries, despite not having the military might to invade targeted states, offered moral support via making the ‘right diplomatic pronouncements’ and those countries have been labelled as strategic partners of the US even to this day, benefitting a lot from that strategic relationship. So criticism of this move by the govt must be made first having weighed the cost-benefit analysis, options available and any other remedial measures that can better it”.
About the clean-up campaign, MDC Harare Province @MDCHarare posted images of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers on Twitter saying:
“Police have blocked the MDC Clean Up Campaign which was set for Unit L Shopping Centre in Chitungwiza today. Armed police were deployed to stop the event. We know the paranoid regime is hell bent on closing all democratic space and suffocating the MDC but we will not be deterred.”
David Coltart, the party’s Treasurer General commented by calling the development a “Pathetic action from a paranoid regime which is scared of its own shadow”.
Piers Pigou (@PiersPigou), Southern Africa Consultant, International Crisis Group, responded to the same tweet saying “Oh dear, oh dear! Zimbabwe’s police prohibited this action by MDC-A, advising them to join the president’s clean up campaign on every last Friday of the month. This is the level of pettiness policing has been reduced to, when you aren’t allowed to clean up your own backyard.”
Whichever angle you may look at these letters from, communication of some sort has been done and the impact thereof will surely go beyond January 2020.
Those who find nothing wrong with these letters may copy and adopt the style or approach while those who believe that this is poor communication will definitely use a different approach but in all this, as zimnews24, we will always keep you updated on what happens in your world.
Happy February, all the best in your good endeavours
Zanu Pf attacks Chin’ono over Covid-19 scandal
By Bloom Tizora
Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono is under fire from ruling party Zanu Pf. In a statement today Zanu Pf spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa said, “ZanuPf, has noted with concern, the systematic, well-choreographed and sponsored attacks on the integrity of First Family by unscrupulous characters such as Hopewell Chin’ono this time targeting the President’s son (Collins Mnangagwa)”.
Collins is linked to Delish Nguwaya of Drax International the company being used to loot the Zimbabwe State through Covid-19 procurements according to Chin’ono.
After the ZanuPf press conference, Chin’ono said, “My life is in danger after ZanuPf attacked me personally through their spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa accusing me of targeting the Mnangagwa family”.
” ZanuPf should not intimidate journalists using fear, I will not be cowed from saying the truth”, he said.
Since taking power from Robert Mugabe, Emmerson Mnangagwa family has been accused of corruption by many people.
OPEN LETTER TO COMMISSIONER-GENERAL OF ZIMBABWE REPUBLIC POLICE
Dear CGP Godwin Matanga Sir,
I address you, not because I am a former policeman but as a patriotic and peace-loving Zimbabwean. I have decided not to use the proper channel to address you since I am in pain and a great shock. As enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Police Service must protect and secure the lives of people living in the country. And it should also maintain law and order.
I have read the gruesome murder of an innocent civilian Paul Munakopa by our police officers from Hillside Police Station in Bulawayo. Mr. Munakopa died of injuries after officers opened fire at his vehicle on Saturday 23 May 2020. It pains me to see this kind of police brutality happening daily to my fellow citizens.
Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe is loud and clear ‘RIGHT TO LIFE’. As told by Mr. Munakopa’s wife he was not armed or possession of any weapon. It’s now over a week you have done nothing to bring the culprit to book. Look at what is happening in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States of America last week, a policeman killed an unarmed man, George Floyd. In less than 48 hours the cop was fired from police service and arrested for third-degree murder. The same should happen to the late Paul case here in Zimbabwe.
A fortnight ago three female opposition activists were arrested for staging an illegal demonstration in Harare. The activists were abducted and sexually assaulted whilst in police custody. As a former policeman, I am aware sir, every accused person in police custody is subject to booking and every occurrence at a police station is recorded in the Occurrence Book. What happened to these three ladies? I am praying for your immediate resignation from the Police Service since you do not deserve to lead such a vital government department. It’s far much better to concentrate on farming at your farm. We are sick and of human abuse by Zimbabwe security agents.
Yours in pain
Bloom Tizora (Author of 2 books, blogger, writer and former Zimbabwe policeman)
Zimbabwe Is Having A Political Showdown During The Corona Shutdown
As the world is grappling with the Corona pandemic, Zimbabwe, an economically bedridden country which was once the bread basket of Africa has its political landscape filled with drama of political power struggles whose episodes even extend into the court galleries.
At the forefront is the battle of leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party which was headed by the late former Premier of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai but was now subject to contention between Nelson Chamisa and ThokozaniKhupe.
Chamisa who claims to be the winner in the country’s last presidential elections under the MDC Alliance ticket is the main challenger to the Mnangagwa led government while Khupeheaded the MDC-T which garnered 45 626 votes in the presidential race which had millions of voters.
With Zimbabwe’s Corona linked shutdown, many businesses were instructed to close with the exception of essential services providers, thus the courts were busy with the matter and later politicians had to brave the pandemic and hold press conferences about the court verdict.
Even though she does not have a strong mainstream political backing from the majority of ordinary card carrying members of the whole MDC movement, Khupe who enjoys a cordial political relationship with the ZANU Pf led government claimed to be the rightful leader and won in the court of Law.
With typical treachery, deception, rebellion and betrayal which is common in most power struggles, the Chamisa led group is faced with a serious test of survival as key elements that have seemingly stood as allies to the youthful leader are proving to be having Khupe’s back.
Some politically active Professors like Welshman Ncube and Jonathan Moyo have stood on Chamisa’s side in this struggleand labelled the court decision as a non-event.
“The lie that whomever is the President of the MDCT is President or leader of the MDC Alliance is being propagated by desperate charlatans. Clause 3.1 of the Alliance agreement only provided that Tsvangirai would be the Alliance Presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.
…In the event of the unavailability of Tsvangirai the Alliance agreement provided that the MDCT would nominate the Presidential candidate, subject to the approval of Alliance partners. Chamisa was so nominated and approved.”Welshman Ncube tweeted on the 1st of April 2020
Other commentators argue that Khupe’s leadership of the MDC based on the technicalities of the court victory does not translate to winning the hearts of the electorate, most which are staunch supporters of Nelson Chamisa.
The power struggle in the MDC has even sucked Mnangagwa’sZanu Pf as the kingpin of the MDC power struggles in order to dilute and weaken Chamisa’s rise against the incumbent president of the country as alleged by David Coltart.
On the 31st of March 2020 after the judgement, David Coltartwho is the MDC Treasurer blamed Mnangagwa for infiltration of his party and said that those behind such schemes will be harshly judged by history.
“The only good thing about today’s judgement is that it lays bare once and for all who had infiltrated the #MDC. Their identities are all now known, working as theyare hand in glove with the Mnangagwa regime. History will judge them harshly. #Zimbabwe” Coltart said.
Jonathan Moyo took a dig at the court for their judgment in the matter and accused people like Douglas Mwonzora of betrayal and power mongering.
“It’s unreasonable & absurd in the extreme for a court to find, as the Supreme Court did in the Khupe matter, that the case is water under the bridge & moot; but rule that it will construct a new bridge in the vain hope of recovering the spilled water to give life to a moot cause!
…It is a pity that @DMwonzora sees things in terms of enemies and not in terms of the truth. Mwonzora has been reaching out to #Zanu Pf & the #CIOs to get support for the leadership of the @mdczimbabwe for a long time. He knows I know & have proof because he approached me directly!”Moyo said on Twitter.
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