Threats on private media worrying

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s recent threats to the private media are worrisome and an annihilation of democracy.
There is every reason for the private media to quake in their boots, considering the 91-year-old’s history of muzzling the media.

In September 2003, Mugabe violently shut down our sister paper, the Daily News for eight years. With such a record, his threats bring back vivid experience of Mugabe’s capabilities and a possibility of him repeating the same.

Mugabe is one man who is clutching on straws and does not want to accept reality. It is an open secret that no person of sound mind still considers Mugabe eligible to run the country.
He is a man who does not take criticism very lightly, while seeing himself as the only leader that Zimbabwe should know, notwithstanding that he is racing against time.

Reports that he is running scared of his former deputy Joice Mujuru touched a nerve. But this is what democracy is all about. It is the art of bringing different perspectives into issue, without fear or favour.

The threats to the private media are counter-productive and do not bring in divergent views. It boggles the mind, why Mugabe would want to be considered a supreme being, in this environment where he has failed to deliver a single percentage of all the promises he made before the July 2013 presidential elections.

What we can simply tell the president is that he has failed the nation. The most honourable thing is for him to leave the seat for fresh blood.

With all the drama, his fall early this year, his waning popularity and most recently, the reading of a wrong speech during the opening of the 8th Parliament, Mugabe is adamant and still wants the media to tell lies that he is still fit to rule the country.
It is a fact that Mugabe has lost grip of his Zanu PF party, it is also a fact that he is old, old enough to leave the “throne”.
Why does he find it difficult to accept that he is closing the gates, when the horses have already bolted out?

There is no amount of lickspittle that would help mend his dented reputation and no amount of good reports from the media would do the same either.

At least the private media is necessary to do checks and balances in the acts of leaders such as Mugabe.
The succession debate should be an open discussion, considering the failure Mugabe’s 35-year rule has registered.

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