Moyo defends Mugabe photograph deletion

BULAWAYO - Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo has defended the controversial action by State security agents who forced photojournalists to delete photographs of President Robert Mugabe after he stumbled and fell down at the Harare International Airport recently.

The nonagenarian leader who turns 91 next week tripped on the airport staircase  and fell down after addressing party supporters who had gathered to welcome him back home from the African Union Summit in Ethiopia where he had been elected chairman.

Addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club on Friday Moyo described the decision by the State security agents as a necessary and normal reaction in any country.



“No one really who is experienced and normal will have any problems with security officials deleting footage or images they think are not okay,” Moyo said.

“It happens at a national park that is their job. The Vatican does that, the police at the Vatican if you take pictures there they will delete,” said the minister.

“If you go to that sacred temple in Cambodia and you take pictures of yourself nude and so forth like some French people were doing a few weeks ago, the police come, they will delete. That is an appropriate reaction, if they don’t delete they deserve to be fired,” said Moyo.

Mugabe’s fall which the State media watered down as a mere carpet mishap went viral on the social media, with most making mockery of Zimbabwe’s only president since independence.

The incident even attracted international media attention, with local opposition parties calling for Mugabe to step down and rest as he was way past his sell by date.

As a result of the incident, First Lady Grace Mugabe allegedly fumed over the way the aides failed to avert the fall of her frail husband, while Moyo said it has simply made them wiser for future handling of similar issues.

“These experiences get all of us to be wiser, mature, more understanding and to come to terms with the realities of modern technology. But I think we should have reasonable and mature discussions and not start laughing at each other.”

Moyo said while deleting pictures proved a futile exercise in stopping footage leakage to the public, Moyo insinuated that, in case a similar incident occurs the best way was to confiscate the cameras used by the journalists.

“These digital devices have built in facilities for things that are deleted to remain alive for at least thirty days. So next time, we have learnt that we should not delete, we should take the devices,” he said.

In a thinly veiled threat to the private media, the government spin doctor said they risked being barred from such state events as they were abusing the kind gesture extended to them by the government.

“What is really significant about this incident is that whereas in the past these people who rushed to upload those images on the Internet would not have been invited to the function at the airport.

“We are inviting them these days, so they must not pretend that they are cleverer than us when we are the ones who are inviting them and we want to continue inviting them.

“If they become irresponsible and unrealistic in their behaviour we will remind them, that is exactly the reason why we were not inviting you before and then we will all lose.”

Moyo who again insisted that Mugabe did not fall but broke the fall attacked the local media which he accused of “struggling to handle the truth. “

“We have a media that believes the angle is the story, not the truth of the story. The truth is we have not bothered anyone about those images, instead we have asked you to compare those images with other similar incidences involving VIPs of that stature,” said Moyo.

 

Comments (9)

if you go to cambodia and take nude pictures of yourself they will delete them, you think thats the same as mugabe falling down, jonathan moyo its either you have nothing to say or you are incredibly DUMB

Harare - 16 February 2015

Even in the good book a story is told of a child that gazed at the nakedness of his parent and much misfortune befell him. There is no story here to warrant so much time and energy. Even the young, the so called able bodied, trip and fall and are we supposed to give meaning to that? The action taken to delete pictures was the correct one and those that thought they were clever or smart did themselves a disservice. Akuqili laz'khothemhlane!

Charles F. Tshaka - 16 February 2015

Ironic that Mugabe is embarrassed by a fall, and not for how he has run the country into the ground!

Biggles - 16 February 2015

QUOTE FROM JONSO'S Speeach “What is really significant about this incident is that whereas in the past these people who rushed to upload those images on the Internet would not have been invited to the function at the airport. “We are inviting them these days, so they must not pretend that they are cleverer than us when we are the ones who are inviting them and we want to continue inviting them. “If they become irresponsible and unrealistic in their behaviour we will remind them, that is exactly the reason why we were not inviting you before and then we will all lose.” UNQUOTE. So this old Mugabe has been falling, falling asleep at meetings, farting at politburio meetings, saying chanting all the wrong slogans at rallies, sleeping with typists, secretaries and aides when his dick cocks up during working hours etc etc. Jonso has said it himself, the Professor said it to the world so no more private media whem Mugabe is addressing any gathering lest we witness what RGM does!!! Kikikikikikiki

Garikayi - 16 February 2015

wen u get free tym Jono google for software inonzi "RECUVA".u will learn that deleting photos is a futile exercise.no wonder why they still found their way into the public sphere even though they had been deleted.

mailo - 16 February 2015

Dream on Jonso yawatanga iyi hauyikwanise for this day and age will are leaving in a world that is technologically savy. The world is now a global village and the fact that you still living in the past will not only cause problems for you but a lot of stress.

Gwenaz - 16 February 2015

The fall is not the issue. Sure enough Christ fell under the cross that was weighed with the sins of humanity. This "mishap" at the airport was caused by a similar load of sin; one's sin load can be so weighty as to cause one to fall. Stubborn people are forced by their conscience to get down on their knees while there's time to repent.

Abri - 17 February 2015

Veduwe nyaya yekuwa kwababa VaMugabe haishamise chose. Iwe baba vako vakawa unoseka here? He is human mufunge. Lets respect him as our leader.

DK - 17 February 2015

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