So­cial me­dia cir­cus has gone too far

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

ED­I­TOR — The so­cial me­dia over­drive where peo­ple craft all sorts of sin­is­ter mes­sages in the name of po­lit­i­cal free­dom needs to be sani­tised.

Truth is, while ev­ery­one has the right to speak or write what they want un­der the pre­text of free­dom of ex­pres­sion, a ra­tio­nal ap­proach is ben­e­fi­cial to ev­ery­one.

Lately there have been mes­sages try­ing to get the pub­lic against law en­force­ment of­fi­cers. I pre­sume it’s the mis­cre­ants tast­ing sour grapes af­ter po­lice in­ter­ven­tion man­aged to neu­tralise law­less be­hav­iour hid­den as protests in Beit­bridge and Harare and other cities.

The sad part in this whole saga is that the peo­ple who come up with these mes­sages are not known, but those who for­ward and con­vey them will be known. For­tu­nately the law holds the orig­i­na­tor and ped­dler equally ac­count­able.

We can­not have seem­ingly trea­sonous and ter­ror­ist like mes­sages cir­cu­lat­ing in our so­cial space. Although it may be seem­ingly far­fetched, coun­tries which have a tough stance against ter­ror­ism would have cracked down on those cre­at­ing texts of this na­ture.

In my hum­ble opin­ion, Zim­babwe would be jus­ti­fied to fol­low suit. Isn’t it wor­ry­ing that peo­ple who ded­i­cated their life to serve and pro­tect the rights and wel­fare of the pub­lic are be­ing set up for un­war­ranted pub­lic back­lash in­sti­gated by face­less char­ac­ters who are against peace­ful ex­is­tence in Zim­babwe?

Mem­bers of the pub­lic should ig­nore these calls and con­tinue with their peace­ful way of liv­ing. Don’t be pushed into treat­ing another hu­man be­ing neg­a­tively by un­known cow­ards who hide be­hind so­cial me­dia threads. Mandla Mlilo, Kwekwe PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe’s call for unity in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party must be heeded by all those who have the good of the party at heart. Only en­e­mies of the party and en­e­mies of the peo­ple sow dishar­mony. Those who are busy cham­pi­oning de­vel­op­ment and im­ple­ment­ing Zim-As­set have no time for plot­ting and mud-sling­ing. — Greta Charuma, Mutare.

SU­PER­MAR­KETS must teach their staff hy­giene and cus­tomer care. Many times, I have no­ticed work­ers talk­ing over the food they are serving. It is bad enough to talk to each other about your work­place politics when you should be serving the cus­tomers, but se­ri­ously un­ac­cept­able to speak over food. — Mercy.

YOUTHS are des­per­ate for op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are qual­i­fied, en­ter­pris­ing and pa­tri­otic but the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion is not favourable to our dreams. The sto­ries we read about few peo­ple al­lo­cat­ing them­selves jobs, loans, perks, land and other state re­sources pierce our hearts. We read them as con­spir­acy to shut us out from mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion to our beloved coun­try and re­al­is­ing our dreams. Give us the tools and power to build Zim­babwe. — Tafadzwa Hungwe.

ZANU-PF needs a kind of the bib­li­cal min­istry of Eli­jah to “re­turn the hearts of the fa­thers to the chil­dren, and the hearts of the chil­dren to the fa­thers.” Youths, it is not your place to frown upon the lib­er­a­tors of this coun­try. They are your fa­thers. You owe your in­de­pen­dence to their sac­ri­fices. War vet­er­ans, it is not your place to sow dis­sent in the party. Fa­thers must be ex­am­plary not mal­con­tents. — Chrispen, Harare.

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Zesa for keep­ing us warm through­out win­ter. Peo­ple sel­dom give credit where it is due but I must ad­mit that ser­vice de­liv­ery has im­proved since last year. Keep up the good work. — Aaron Jinga, Masvingo.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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