Mugabe threatens independent media

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday stunned his audience by threatening the country’s fledgling private media, claiming that they had become hate groups that were blowing issues out of proportion.

Speaking at a luncheon hosted for him by the ministry of Local Government after reading the wrong speech when he opened Parliament, the nonagenarian claimed that the media were exaggerating issues just to push sales.

Skirting his embarrassing error earlier in Parliament, and not mentioning a word about the excesses of the opposition-hating State media, Mugabe attacked free speech, further threatening unspecified action.

“Journalists, don’t tell lies. Tell the truth. Ah, vaMugabe vazotya nhingi ah (Mugabe is scared of so and so)…you formulate stories so that people can buy your papers chete (only). The journalism that we are experiencing today is not the journalism that we know,” Mugabe said.

“If we begin to take control now, people should not then cry foul. Vanyanya, manyanya (It’s too much. This is getting out of hand),” he added.

“Because you don’t share my politics and I don’t share your politics does not mean we should be enemies. You may criticise me when I’m wrong, sure, but do not give me sins I haven’t committed, thoughts I haven’t thought about,” he said.

Apparently piqued by independent media headlines to the effect that his ruling Zanu PF was rattled by former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s presidential bid, Mugabe said: “Ah vari kutya nhingi, vari kuzotya ivava Mai Mujuru ava. Vakakanganisa tikavadzinga, ikozvino vava kuvaisa pamusoro, vozovati varikurwisaniswa navaMugabe, nechibhakera changu ichi? (They say I’m scared of Mujuru. She messed up and we fired her. They say I’m scared of her. Could that be possible with this fist?)” Mugabe said.

Comments (12)

Chokwadi chinobaya mudhara. If not afraid of Mujuru why are u worried? When u were afraid of Tsvangirai u turned against independent media to shut him. Now that u are afraid of Mujuru u want to turn agaist the media again. Tokuziva mudhara iwe u nharadada mhandu.

dembo - 16 September 2015

If these 'lies' are about pushing papers then it proves this is the news people are looking, I wonder why

Tindo - 16 September 2015

So he Mugabe is reading a lot of free thinking news papers he has abandon big for nothing the Herald .Every one wants good stuff including Mugabe and the good stuff is only found from the independent media . They is nothing to fear this person is a moving grave in most cases he does not know what he will be talking about bcoz he is very very very very old .The good thing you have mentioned it here that he is threatening daily news and their friends should anything bad happen to one of you guys we already know who is responsible and after 2018 e3lections bopha yena

Diibulaanyika - 16 September 2015

I am a Zanu pf loyal but seeing how mudhara is confused, I will rally behind courageous Joyce Mujuru, fight on Joyce, you will make it.

Mudyara - 17 September 2015

I am a Zanu pf loyal but seeing how mudhara is confused, I will rally behind courageous Joyce Mujuru, fight on Joyce, you will make it.

Mudyara - 17 September 2015

hahahahaha murikwakwata mdara ndo ma statement ekuda kuzvisimbisa aya mokuvara gore rino rezvidzidzo iri mabva mandiyeuchidza kuti ndingobvunzawo haku kuti DZAMARA aripi tichamuona arimupenyu heru plz plz musatibayirewo mwana wedu saka chakubuda pachena ka chokwadi manje kuti ndimi munaye cz kana ku uchitaura kuti ma independent papers anoreva nhando rinotaura chokwadi nderipi saka imi musade kutidherera mhani nxaaaaaaaaaa

mukanya - 17 September 2015

Mudyara, you should be ashamed of yourself! 2015 and you still support zanu pf? Please be more proud of yourself than that, or get a mind of your own ! Sounds like yiurs is a brainwashed mind!

jojo - 17 September 2015

Why hate your President....elected by the majority? You are the minority...Shut up dogs....Shut up Western ambassadors brainwashed by perceived bid muscled imperialistic media

simz - 17 September 2015

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