Be pos­i­tive, First Lady urges me­dia

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Elita Chik­wati Harare Bureau

THE First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe has urged lo­cal me­dia to por­tray a pos­i­tive pic­ture of the coun­try in or­der to pro­mote in­vest­ment.

She said this at her 51st birth­day cel­e­bra­tions and han­dover cer­e­mony of goods do­nated to var­i­ous chil­dren’s homes at Ma­zowe Chil­dren’s Home.

Dr Mu­gabe do­nated food­stuffs that in­cluded mealiemeal, cook­ing oil, beans, wash­ing soap and salt to 50 chil­dren’s homes and cash amount­ing to $50 000.

Re­cip­i­ents in­cluded Harare Chil­dren’s Home, Kapota School for the Blind, Makumbi Chil­dren’s home, Hu­rungwe Chil­dren’s Home, Ekhaya Chil­dren’s Home and Blue Hills among oth­ers.

Dr Mu­gabe said some me­dia houses were in the habit of ped­dling lies ig­nor­ing pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try and this scared in­vestors.

“Why can’t you speak of the good work I am do­ing? The me­dia is awash with bad cov­er­age day in day out. But I do not mind. We all have a role to sell our coun­try and the way we brand Zim­babwe is very im­por­tant.

“If you say Zim­babwe is a rogue state, you know what it means and what the neg­a­tivism brings. It brings suf­fer­ing. Al­ways say pos­i­tive things about your coun­try. You will see also pos­i­tive things shap­ing up. I do not un­der­stand some­times the way we think. It does not mat­ter who you are and what­ever you are do­ing as long as you are a Zimbabwean, you re­main Zimbabwean.

She said Zim­bab­weans should utilise their skills to build the na­tion.

“It is up to what we do with what we have. This is what we have, the beau­ti­ful Zim­babwe en­dowed with a lot of riches. What is it that we can do to im­prove our lives as Zim­bab­weans?

“We should work and ex­ploit what God has given us to­gether as Zim­bab­weans. Chara chimwe ha­chitswanye inda. We must all make con­certed ef­forts to work for Zim­babwe,” she said.

Dr Mu­gabe said peo­ple have been talk­ing of a good Zim­babwe and this could be achieved if Zim­bab­weans work to­gether.

She said there were pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments tak­ing place in the coun­try which were worth cov­er­ing in­clud­ing her ef­forts in look­ing af­ter chil­dren at Ma­zowe Chil­dren’s Home.

“Now I want to show peo­ple, and in­vite peo­ple to see de­vel­op­ment in our coun­try and in Ma­zowe. Me­dia houses should do their job of sell­ing Zim­babwe. Oth­ers, es­pe­cially ZBC and Ju­dith Mak­wanya are do­ing that. We want to court in­vestors to come and work with us here.

“How do we court them if we are post­ing neg­a­tive things about Zim­babwe? Who is at­tracted to bad things? We are all at­tracted to things that make us happy, things that make us com­fort­able. And here, I am do­ing things that you can be proud of as Zim­bab­weans. You can tell oth­ers about what your First Lady is do­ing in­stead of just dwelling on things that bring dis­unity.

“United we stand di­vided we fall. Some of the neg­a­tive things we face as a na­tion, such as sanc­tions, were called for by Zim­bab­weans and peo­ple are suf­fer­ing be­cause one of us called upon Western coun­tries to im­pose sanc­tions on Zim­babwe,” she said.

Dr Mu­gabe said Western coun­tries were not demo­cratic as they im­posed sanc­tions on Zim­babwe for no rea­son.

She ap­plauded Zim­bab­weans for be­ing re­silient even un­der hard times.

“We con­tinue to pray and all this will come to pass one day and am very op­ti­mistic that God is on our side. We are suf­fer­ing but we are re­silient. Let us not de­spair when times are hard. But we should re­main fo­cused as a na­tion. One day we will pros­per as a na­tion.

“De­trac­tors ped­dle lies. They say I have can­cer and am dy­ing. Ev­ery­one gets sick at one point in time. I am also a hu­man be­ing. I will con­tinue work­ing hard and I will not be de­terred or dis­tracted be­cause I have de­ter­mi­na­tion,” she said.

Dr Mu­gabe said Zim­babwe had been un­der at­tack from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity but said the land re­form was un­avoid­able and could not have been done any other way.

“There is no other bet­ter way we could have ap­proached the land re­form. It is not easy to take the land. There will be some re­sis­tance.We have the land and we are proud. The land gives us a sense of be­long­ing.

“The land is our her­itage and we should also re­serve it for the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Ev­ery­one should thrive to have a piece of land. If you have land, you are your own boss. Our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren should con­tinue to ben­e­fit from the land,” she said.

Dr Mu­gabe also took her guests along the jour­ney of the es­tab­lish­ment of the Ma­zowe Chil­dren’s Home and the chal­lenges she faced. She said the jour­ney was not so rosy but now she had suc­ceeded. A high school is un­der construction that will have an in­take of 1 000 stu­dents.

She en­cour­aged men to be re­spon­si­ble and said it was due to ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity that some chil­dren were at chil­dren’s homes. Dr Mu­gabe also said that her chil­dren’s home had al­ways been her vi­sion to as­sist the dis­ad­van­taged and ap­plauded other chil­dren’s homes for their ster­ling job in look­ing af­ter the dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

In at­ten­dance was her son-in-law Mr Simba Chikore and her daugh­ter Mrs Bona Chikore and their son Sim­banashe.

Dr Mu­gabe said it was un­for­tu­nate that af­ter Bona got mar­ried, she mis­car­ried twins.

“We were dis­heart­ened but we con­tin­ued to pray and now we have a grand­son. It has al­ways been my prayer and wish that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe sees his grand­chil­dren.”

Mashona­land Central Min­is­ter of State, Ad­vo­cate Martin Dinha, Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice and So­cial Wel­fare, Cde Prisca Mup­fu­mira, se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and chil­dren from chil­dren’s homes from the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces, among oth­ers at­tended the cer­e­mony.

First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe

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