I had started my Monday morning work in a good frame of mind and a happy disposition as I was going to welcome from Joburg a longtime friend, Relibile Manala, with whom I went to high school. The weather was also sunny; clear as the azure sky of a deep blue summer.
HARARE – Police in Zimbabwe arrested the editor of a private newspaper over a report that suggested army commanders loyal to President Robert Mugabe were not opposed to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai winning elections expected this year.
HARARE – China is set to flood Zimbabwean cities, with gigantic news-screens as Beijing ratchets up a new aggressive media campaign, to solidify her foreign policy objectives on the African continent, with a scheme to contain Western broadcasters.
HARARE – Radio station ZiFM has been rocked by allegations of a sex scandal involving veteran presenter Kimble Rogers and a fellow female employee in the marketing department (name withheld). Rogers however scoffed at the allegations.
As Zimbabwe joins other countries in marking the 20th anniversary of the ‘Declaration of Windhoek’ also known as World Press Freedom Day, a local media body has called for the establishment of a genuine and professional broadcasting commission.
HARARE – Self-proclaimed prophet, Emmanuel Makandiwa, has declared war on the Daily News and effectively wants the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) to shut down Zimbabwe’s top newspaper after encouraging the media body to “punish the Daily News”.
HARARE – President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba has bizarrely claimed that solar-powered and wind-up shortwave radios are being ‘smuggled’ into Zimbabwe ‘to effect regime change.’
And while we are on the topic of hate speech, would it not be prudent for the police to also follow up and ensure confiscation of “broadcasting apparatus” from radio and television stations that call other citizens “sellouts” “puppets” or “traitors.”
BULAWAYO – The editor of the Bulawayo based Radio Dialogue, Zenzele Ndebele, will appear in court today facing charges of possessing ‘smuggled’ solar powered radios and possessing a radio receiver without a valid Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation licence.
HARARE – A lot can change in a year – especially in Zimbabwe. In 2011 very few of Zimbabwe’s established brands seemed to have a presence on Facebook (Twitter “didn’t exist” yet).
My math teacher in High School, Mr B. N. Ncube (may his soul rest in peace), once told us an anecdote that I still find to be as funny and enlightening as I found it then. So the story goes that a farmer was tilling his land with his tractor when suddenly it broke down.