State media parrots Grace's shameful lie

HARARE - That former Vice President Joice Mujuru has rattled the cage of the warring post-congress Zanu PF, after she dramatically and unexpectedly announced her re-entry into formal national politics last Monday, is obvious for all to see.

What particularly appears to be giving President Robert Mugabe's brawling party the jitters is the prospect of an electoral pact between Mujuru, who is widely respected both inside and outside Zanu PF, and the popular opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai -- which would complicate the life of the already reeling and seriously divided former liberation movement.

A clear manifestation of the anxiety wracking the post-congress Zanu PF as a result of Mujuru’s stunning gambit is the rage and desperation that has been evident in the actions and utterances of senior party officials and their followers, including those working within lickspittle State media.

In that light, it was entirely expected and also wholly in character that the ever enthusiastic, bum-kissing print propaganda mouthpieces -- The Herald and Chronicle -- would parrot, as they did today, the egregious lie by the country's controversial First Lady that Mujuru supposedly owns a non-existent 10 percent shareholding in the country's leading newspaper, the Daily News.

Which all raises discomforting questions about whether Hurricane Grace, that Grand Mistress of the politics of lunacy in the country has now also directly commandeered State media as she has done with important government functions -- as per her own public boasts.

Just recently, Calamity Grace relished in telling the nation that she instructs the country's two lame-duck vice presidents what to do, revealing embarrassingly that they come to her with pens and notepads in hand, like timid schoolboys, to be told what to do and how to do it.

In that light too, it will also not have escaped the surviving bootlickers within State media that a rather naive former editor of one of the State's weekly newspapers was recently jettisoned on the alleged say so of the "Queen of Grace" because he had been critical of the First Family in a previous life.

Indeed, and we have said this incontrovertible truth many times before, Zimbabwe's lickspittle State media fully embody the proverbial principle of “seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil”.

Turning a blind eye to, and abetting Zanu PF's misrule is their indisputable stock-in-trade -- never ever daring to question their master’s voice. Rather contemptibly too, bashing the country’s independent media is their other speciality.

The crime that newspapers such as the Daily News have committed in the eyes of these numbskulls, who in fact are the real enemies of Zimbabwe’s nascent democracy, is that we continue to tell it like it is, without fear or favour, as our motto goes.

This has seen all the now familiar, well-worn and disgraceful fabrications routinely thrown at us -- ranging from claims that we are supposedly unpatriotic; that we are somehow “opposition media”; and, in our specific case, the egregious lie that Mujuru supposedly bought a non-existent 10 percent shareholding in our newspaper.

It is frankly disgusting the extent to which this regime and its minions will abuse State apparatus and lie so blatantly to long-suffering Zimbabweans in their desperate bid to extend their dying kleptocracy.

Of course, there is method to this madness and Grace's malicious and patently false claims that Mujuru supposedly owns a 10 percent stake in the Daily News.

Indeed, police — clearly moving at the behest of the First Lady — obtained a court order from Harare Provincial Magistrate Vakayi Douglas Chikwekwe late last year, authorising them to storm and seize key documents pertaining to the ownership of our newspaper.

The court order directed them to search for details of our shareholders — information that is easily obtainable from the Registrar of Companies and from the Zimbabwe Media Commission. And even more surprising, a casual perusal of the warrant of seizure itself suggested that they already had this information anyway, rendering their mission wholly malicious.

As most Zimbabweans also know, our newspaper and staff have operated under incessant threats and pressure from Zanu PF bigwigs since it came back from its eight years of forced closure by the government, including facing hundreds of millions of dollars in vexatious lawsuits by ruling party heavies, many of which never even reach the courts because they have no substance.

And until Mugabe’s and Zanu PF’s disputed electoral victories in 2013, the newspaper was also banned from circulating in certain parts of the country, with our editorial staff often still barred from covering some State functions even up to today.

This is why we say there is method to this madness, and that for us the ramifications of Grace’s lies, enthusiastically assisted by lickspittle State media, are potentially severe — because we have many painful memories of the terrible experiences that we have suffered at the rough hands of Mugabe’s government.

For those who may have forgotten, our staff were harassed and imprisoned willy-nilly in our early years, and when this did not yield the desired results, our printing press was completely destroyed in a barbaric bombing in January 2001 — that was widely believed to have been carried out by State agents who were never brought to book for their dastardly act.

And finally, Mugabe’s government contrived to shut down the Daily News violently and unjustly in September 2003, after it enacted a legal instrument solely for this morbid purpose. The paper was only able to return to the market in late March 2011.

Sadly, history has recorded that some of the worst excesses of Zanu PF’s well-documented misrule of the past 35 years occurred around the time that the Daily News was out of circulation — including Operation Murambatsvina, a record hyperinflation and the vengeful murders of opposition supporters that followed Mugabe’s stunning loss to Morgan Tsvangirai in the disputed 2008 elections.

Thus, our ongoing harassment is intended to silence us, so that the hyenas in power can continue to loot, rape and pillage the country with reckless abandon — without fear of ever being exposed.

We have news for these lowlifes. This won’t happen. Certainly not on our watch!

Comments (16)

Patukwa munhu apa. Big words for the likes of zvayi and Co. Judgement day coming soon

mafikizolo - 10 September 2015

WELL DONE DAILY NEWS WHAT AN ARTICLE YOU JUST WROTE. ALMOST BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES JUST READING IT. YOU HAVE STOOD WHEN MOST ZIMBABWEANS ARE SCARED AND CANNOT DO ANYTHING. YOU HAVE BEEN JAILED BOMBED AND ARRESTED I SALUTE YOU DAILY NEWS. EACH AND EVERYDAY YOU GIVE US THE TRUE SITUATION AND EACH AND EVERYDAY YOU MANAGE TO SAY WHAT EVERYONE IS THINKING I SALUTE YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH UNTIL ZIMBABWE IS FREE UNTIL WE BECOME A FREE COUNTRY AND ARE RELEASED FROM THE DEVILS GRIP .

petros - 10 September 2015

Well said Daily News. Now wait to see all those vampire Zanoids like @reason, baboon Gudo et al to post their rubbish in defence of the indefensible. They behave as if they own Zimbabwe. Meanwhile, the country is dying. Zvakaoma.

Moses - 10 September 2015

Grace is Bad and Mujuru is equally bad too. I would rather have a foster mother or be an orphan that call these two women mothers of nation. There is elements of truth by corrupt Grace that Mujuru is corrupt. As this game is in Extra time my biggest fear is that mini-skirt video and audio tapes might be released into the public domain soon that we think. I hope the sangoma ones are not available.Zanu pf has all the dirty stuff, Mujuru is wholly owned by Zanu pf and she has a leash around her neck tied to zanu pf. Zanu pf is ruthless and cruel to the bone. Zanu pf will collapse with all its children Mujuru included.

X-MAN IV - 10 September 2015

whilst i appreciate the emotions of the journalist in the article,its sad that that he has chosen to be a street or gutter journalist by using dirty langauge...journalists must not stoop so low in their writings...its a pity ...whither journalism?

parapinda - 11 September 2015

The article sounds like the beautiful recital of a poem opulent in expression and crafted with the adroit mind of a master narrator; simply put; it is the naked truth

chasemanjr - 11 September 2015

It frightens me so much that the MDC is laying down the foundation to work with Mujuru. I hope and wish that this will not materialise

Clappy - 11 September 2015

@Parapinda. Pls just leave our paper alone..n please ask me no more.thx

parangeta - 11 September 2015

Inga tables turn, which company does Mujuru own which has at least created employment to show that she was doing something for all those years she was in gvt. Nothing except kwaMarange kungoda. Saka murikutamba amai hamusatimatanga basa imi. But still zvakadaro chi gvt chedu ichi chirikudzinga vanhu mabasa thinks that munhu kana adzingwa basa acharamba akagara, NEVER munhu anototsvaga zvekuita regai Mujuru azvi kiriyetere employment yake apa. Ndimi madhara nezvichembere murikukonzera kuti maparty awande, machechi avhurwe, mahure ahure pachena, mbavha dzisapera makambani asabhadhare tax, vanhu vatize nyika yavo, vana vadzingwe chikoro, mishonga ishaikwe muzvipatara. Vanhu chete vamagona kubatira maticha nemanesi nemasoja kkkk kwete vapfanha veZRP. imi chisiyaiwo mabasa mhani muno maneger tumabhawa tumapurazi netu tuckshop twenyu, kohanditi nemi madarika 65 years here?

Mabvurubvanyanga - 11 September 2015

Apa pataurwa chokwadi chisinga wanzotaurwa. Pane zvavekuda kuitika. Enuf is enuf. Chokwadi ngachitaurwe zvachiri.

Blessing Gambara - 11 September 2015

Ngavatisiire Mai Mujuru vedu tivavhotere toga zvedu isu.Kwete zvemanyepo ana sisi GIRE ayo

MUCHADURA - 11 September 2015

thank you dailynews for your boldness in the articiles. but with all due respect can we be profesional in our journalism. No need to for the writer to be too opiniated.

zimba 01 - 11 September 2015

Yes our beloved country has gone to the bins because of a few people who want to protect their empires they got through theft.

aDSONN - 11 September 2015

I have stopped reading the Herald even online. Once you read it you will spend the whole day feeling sorry for the grown up men and women who work there. Varegerereiwo.

Zvidzoi - 15 September 2015

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