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The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - COMMENT -

THERE is a nau­se­at­ing obsession in the pri­vate Press of al­ways fram­ing any de­vel­op­ment in both gov­ern­ment and the rev­o­lu­tion­ary ZANU-PF party through the prism of fac­tion­al­ism.

It is in­deed sad that such a de­lib­er­ate dis­torted fram­ing is com­ing from the Press which ide­ally must be the one more in­formed in giv­ing a well-bal­anced ac­count of events hap­pen­ing in or out­side gov­ern­ment.

One would have hoped that as the Fourth Es­tate, the Press would play a lead­ing role in tran­si­tion­ing from the old ways of the First Repub­lic to the Sec­ond Repub­lic whose hall­mark op­er­a­tional dic­tum is based on trans­parency, deep­en­ing democ­racy, unity, and peace and ser­vant lead­er­ship.

Take the story which was in the weekly Zim­babwe In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per re­cently ti­tled “Mnan­gagwa con­sol­i­dates power.” The ba­sis of the story was the en­dorse­ment of Pres­i­dent Mn an gagwa as the sole can­di­date for 2023 by some or­gans of the party. In their stretched imag­i­na­tion, the en­dorse­ment is in­dica­tive of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa’s at­tempt to con­sol­i­date his power. Sadly, since the ad­vent of the Sec­ond Repub­lic, the pri­vate Press has been run­ning with sev­eral sto­ries that seek to paint a pic­ture of a “house at odds with it­self.” This is a disin­gen­u­ous fram­ing that de con­tex­tual is es the fact that Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa is the con­sti­tu­tion­ally elected Head of State and Gov­ern­ment who was le­gally and over­whelm­ingly elected as leader of ZANU-PF by the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

Hav­ing been en­dorsed as the new leader of the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party at the Ex­tra-Or­di­nary Congress held in De­cem­ber 2017 and also as the party Pres­i­dent for 2018, Pres­i­dent Mn an gagwa is al­ready a con­sol­i­dated leader

He, there­fore, does not need to con­sol­i­date any­thing when he al­ready holds the ex­ec­u­tive levers of power in both the rev­o­lu­tion­ary Z AN U-PF party and Gov­ern­ment.

Ev­ery­one fa­mil­iar with the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’ s op­er­a­tional dic­tum would never read the en­dorse­ment of Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa ahead and dur­ing the ZANU-PF An­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence as some kind of shenani­gans meant to show up power. The en­dorse­ments, con­fir­ma­tions and af­fir­ma­tions are meant to gal­vanise the party’s base and re­viv­ify their un­ques­tion­able sup­port and loy­alty to their leader- now and in fu­ture.

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