Social media circus has gone too far
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.