HARARE - Two disturbing developments took place during President Robert Mugabe’s meeting with service chiefs and war veterans ahead of Zanu PF’s politburo meeting in Harare yesterday.
Firstly, Mugabe, while running down embattled Vice President Joice Mujuru and claiming that she had tried to mastermind his ouster said, “... for that matter it’s a woman who is saying ndakudawo kumbogara (I also want to lead)”.
Secondly, only lapdog State media — namely The Herald, The Chronicle, The Sunday Mail, The Sunday News, New Ziana and ZBC were allowed to report on the meeting.
There is no doubt that the condescending statement by Mugabe that the person planning to oust him from power was “for that matter a woman” carries a demeaning connotation for women as unworthy intellectually and socially to dream of becoming the leader of Zanu PF and Zimbabwe.
It’s simply disgraceful, no matter how unwitting that utterance may have been, coming as it did from the president of the Republic who should know better.
One also wonders what the incoming boss of Zanu PF Women’s League, Mugabe’s controversial wife Grace, makes of all this.
The barring of all independent media from covering Mugabe’s meeting with the service chiefs and war veterans also speaks volumes about how far Zimbabwe still has to travel on the democratic path.
To many numbskulls in Mugabe’s party, to report critically on Zimbabwe’s myriad ills — including Zanu PF’s misrule, the self-evident democratic deficit in the country, the legendary ineptitude of our rulers and the endemic corruption within the party — as independent media such as the Daily News do everyday, is to be unpatriotic and meriting of State-orchestrated harassment.
So ridiculous are the local political and media matrices that journalists are routinely incarcerated and hauled before the courts for telling it like it is, while not a single strand of hair of senior Zanu PF officials accused openly of plotting to ASSASSINATE Mugabe is touched!
Then some government mandarins go on to blow millions of dollars in scarce State funds by engaging in the tomfoolery of establishing inquiries to investigate so-called media polarisation, among other trivialities — as if the real factors (read people) impacting negatively on democracy, development and the media industry in the country are not well known.
No wonder Zimbabwe is almost a failed State after 34 years of supposed Uhuru.