Mugabe now target of jokes

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe (pictured) became a butt of jokes after opening an Internet café in Mutare during his visit there last week.

Social networks went abuzz as they scoffed at how Mugabe’s legacy would be read by his opening of Internet café in an age where free Wi-Fi is readily available even on public transport.

This comes as his counterparts on the continent are opening major industries, as investors shun the southern African country.

Mutare residents told the WeekendPost that opening the Dangamvura Information Centre was meant to hood-wink the unemployed youths who were promised 2,2 million jobs by Mugabe and his government.

Instead, the residents say he should have been commissioning an industrial complex in Nyakamete Industrial.
This is not the first Internet café that the 93-year-old has been made to commission as he was also made to open another one in Chikato, Masvingo in December last year.

“Very sad, President Mugabe and his ministers are cheering up the opening of an Internet cafe. @SupaCollinsM why do you subject R.G Mugabe to such events,” a Twitter user with the handle ‏ @MandazaDouglas wrote.
Another Twitter user Simbarashe Zarura who uses the handle @simbazarura said: “Mugabe anonyadzisa kutopedza mari kutenga maribbon ekuvhura (Mugabe is a disgrace, wasting money on a ribbon to cut opening the) Internet caféééé. It shows how shallow he and his ruining party are.

Mugabe has ramped up his campaign to coax the youth to vote for him in the 2018 election and the commissioning of the Internet café has been seen as a way of reaching out to the youth.

Mutare residents, however, said there was no use in Zanu PF providing an Internet café where people do not have money to access the services.

“I don’t see how it benefits me. They should be creating jobs. It can even increase vice when youths steal to pay for Internet access fees,” Simbarashe Matiya from Dangamvura said.

Concerned Youths and Young Adults Trust official Manex Mauya said the commissioning of the Internet cafe was an issue of misplacement of resources.

“It will lead to increased juvenile delinquency as youths have potential of accessing pornography. In actual fact, it was a deliberate ploy to hoodwink the youths who were promised over 2 million jobs which became a pie in the sky,” he said.

A Dora resident, Pfungwa Bwawo, said: “Very soon it will be a new drug haven. It’s not going to help them fend for themselves but just pool idle young people together for many hours. There is very little potential for income generation,” Dora resident.

A Dangamvura resident, Mercy Maphosa said the café might be put to good use by school children but not unemployed youths.

“It may be good for those who are in school but not for the unemployed youths like myself. Anyway, girls are highly unlikely going to be given permission to go to this centre,” she said.

Twitter users went on a rampage to criticise Mugabe.

Will‏ @willzee2014 said: “Mozambique President to open largest suspension bridge in Africa, Mugabe open Internet cafe in Mutare”.

Chris Chidarikire‏ @chidarikire wrote: “Mugabe signs mega deals with China. What does he do next, open Internet café.”

ArmyOfMe‏ @Wild_n_Uncaged said: “We are in 2017 and Mugabe’s schedule includes officially opening an Internet cafe?”

The joke also included the commissioning of traffic lights in Chivhu by Mugabe’s wife, Grace.
Lucky‏ @maDube_ said: “While the Mugabes are opening Internet cafes and robots, in Kenya they opened a multi-million dollar infrastructure development.”

Crosby Kays Collins‏ @crosbykays said: “The number of people going on and on about Mugabe opening an Internet cafe in 2017 is the best thing ever! Are we that dumb as a country?
—Bridget Mananavire




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