Crucial lessons for the African politician in lockdown

Source: Crucial lessons for the African politician in lockdown – NewsDay Zimbabwe The lockdown period that has not spared small and great, rich and poor, male and female, slave and master should be a time for massive reflection for the African politician who whimsically runs to the First World for his troubled health and sends […]

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Source: Crucial lessons for the African politician in lockdown – NewsDay Zimbabwe

The lockdown period that has not spared small and great, rich and poor, male and female, slave and master should be a time for massive reflection for the African politician who whimsically runs to the First World for his troubled health and sends his entire family for an education abroad while his own country lies in comatose.

The typical African leader has his official vehicles imported and clothes shipped from outside and his children educated abroad. It seems the patriotism they preach in its truest sense has not yet occurred to them.

United States President Donald Trump, known for his insolence, has often chided African leaders actually advocating for the re-colonisation of Africa. Some truths are painful to hear, but they indeed capture the African way of life.

To all intents and purposes Africa is just but one “country’” in light of how economies are run and the type of governance that subsist in Africa. One might choose to go to Gabon, Sierra Leone, Zambia, to our very own Zimbabwe and there are jaw- dropping similarities.

It is no secret that the continent remains, in the world, as comprising the downtrodden and the poorer among the poor. The infrastructure in most of Africa does not differ much, with most high-tech buildings being the sole preserve of capital cities. The rest of places simply carry a semblance of modernity but essentially remain with that primitive appeal.

The same is true of the road network in Africa. The existence of potholes is commonplace with a few “essential services” roads being up to standard. Potholes warrant resignation in the developed countries for office bearers.

If there is one thing that the COVID-19 imposed lockdown period should teach the African politician — it definitely has to be the stupendous importance of being proud about your country — not in word — but in deed.

Most African leaders are very vocal when it comes to black consciousness. The late former President Robert Mugabe epitomised the African leader with his downright caustic speeches that carried robust invective against whites. Black leaders profess love for their country and their people even as captured in Mugabe’s rant, “so Blair keep your England and let me keep my Zimbabwe.”

The white man has been denigrated for orchestrating the evils of colonialism and being incorrigible.

The truth of this rings with indignation in speeches by Africa’s late great men Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere and many others.

But what do you find on the ground? On the ground, the African leader represents the downright opposite of what he rants and raves about on the podium at every given chance.

The irony is mind blowing. The lockdown period and the fact that African leaders are confined to their own kingdoms should change their thinking onwards.

Firstly, COVID-19 has thrown a rotten egg on the African politician’s face as he does little by the way of ensuring a sturdy health delivery system in his own country.

Regardless of amassing massive wealth in gold and diamonds, the African politician, who would fly into the best of American and European hospitals at the drop of a feather, finds himself stuck in his own impoverished country he praises only in word. Now that they can’t fly to Europe, they come face-to-face with the grotesque reality we have all known of ill-equipped hospitals lacking basic things.

Why should Africa eclipse all other continents in the begging competition? Why should Africa rely on donations in every calamity?

If the African leader can splurge thousands of dollars in unnecessary air travel, why can’t he invest in his own healthcare system?

Boris Johnson, the British premier, was admitted in his own country at a local hospital. How is this possible?
The leaders there took pride in their country and invested in quality health delivery in their country. They didn’t wish they could turn to the US.
African leaders find themselves in a grave quagmire where they have the ill-gotten wealth but cannot access medical care due to the lockdowns. This should inculcate in the African leaders a sense of true patriotism, not merely preached patriotism.

Real patriotism is investing massively in one’s country. Hospitals should be teeming with ventilators and the necessary protective clothing for health personnel in this COVID-19 period.

Palpably, the guiding thought when African leaders in the mould of Uganda’s Idi Amin and Zaire’s Mobutu Seseko plundered resources in their countries was the fact that they could afford healthcare abroad and never gave a hoot about the people back home.

It is unfortunate that the same script has continued to play out for Africans till today. Even our very own Mugabe died in a foreign land all in the name of seeking healthcare. For Malawi’s Kamuzu Banda, it was the same story.

We sincerely hope that this COVID-19-induced lockdown will bring the African leaders to the critical realisation that they ought to build strong health and educational systems at home instead of relying on the First World.

Trump’s acerbic attacks on Africans may not be wrong after all.

 Learnmore Zuze is a legal officer. He writes in his personal capacity

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Journalists lobby for opening of airwaves

Source: Journalists lobby for opening of airwaves – NewsDay Zimbabwe Young Journalists Association (YOJA) has bemoaned government’s failure to open airwaves as promised for quite a long time, saying it threatens the future of emerging journalists who are forced into freelancing or unemployment. BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO/LORRAINE MUROMO YOJA spokesperson Leopold Munhende , in a statement […]

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Source: Journalists lobby for opening of airwaves – NewsDay Zimbabwe

Young Journalists Association (YOJA) has bemoaned government’s failure to open airwaves as promised for quite a long time, saying it threatens the future of emerging journalists who are forced into freelancing or unemployment.

BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO/LORRAINE MUROMO

YOJA spokesperson Leopold Munhende , in a statement to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day which falls on May 3, said failure to open the airwaves was putting the future of young journalists and the profession in jeopardy.

“The future of journalism is under threat and, indeed, the future of young journalists itself, their livelihoods and survival. The continued unfulfilled promises by government to open up airwaves to independent television broadcasters have done more harm to the development of this noble profession. The opening up of airwaves will result in employment creation and better opportunities for young journalists,” he said.

“State-run broadcaster ZBC has shown its incapacities, with the latest being its failure to broadcast President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Independence Day speech. The embarrassing failure is clear testament we need more than one television station and it is a disgrace we have to waste time asking for something like this in a 40-year-old Zimbabwe.”

Munhende, who was once arrested while on duty, also lamented the unrelenting violations of media rights.

“The day comes at a time we continue to record media rights violations. The number of reporters arrested or harassed over the COVID-19 lockdown is worrisome and the State should be concerned. We had hoped media repression would be a thing of the past,” he said.

“Journalism without fear or favour, this year’s theme, is what each and every journalist on diaries across the country hopes for. Let journalists work without fear, let the industry develop and democracy will become a reality.”

Also commemorating World Press Day, Community Newspapers Association of Zimbabwe (CNAZ) said citizens face the threat of fake news.

CNAZ secretary-general Owen Matawa said: “As an association, we have noted that as the pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories.
“It is our view as CNAZ that the Press provides the antidote of churning out verified, scientific, fact-based news and analysis.”

CNAZ called on law enforcers to stop harassing and arresting journalists.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there were at least 250 imprisoned journalists globally at the time of its 2019 census worldwide.

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Journalists lobby for opening of airwaves

Source: Journalists lobby for opening of airwaves – NewsDay Zimbabwe Young Journalists Association (YOJA) has bemoaned government’s failure to open airwaves as promised for quite a long time, saying it threatens the future of emerging journalists who are forced into freelancing or unemployment. BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO/LORRAINE MUROMO YOJA spokesperson Leopold Munhende , in a statement […]

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Source: Journalists lobby for opening of airwaves – NewsDay Zimbabwe

Young Journalists Association (YOJA) has bemoaned government’s failure to open airwaves as promised for quite a long time, saying it threatens the future of emerging journalists who are forced into freelancing or unemployment.

BY TAFADZWA KACHIKO/LORRAINE MUROMO

YOJA spokesperson Leopold Munhende , in a statement to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day which falls on May 3, said failure to open the airwaves was putting the future of young journalists and the profession in jeopardy.

“The future of journalism is under threat and, indeed, the future of young journalists itself, their livelihoods and survival. The continued unfulfilled promises by government to open up airwaves to independent television broadcasters have done more harm to the development of this noble profession. The opening up of airwaves will result in employment creation and better opportunities for young journalists,” he said.

“State-run broadcaster ZBC has shown its incapacities, with the latest being its failure to broadcast President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Independence Day speech. The embarrassing failure is clear testament we need more than one television station and it is a disgrace we have to waste time asking for something like this in a 40-year-old Zimbabwe.”

Munhende, who was once arrested while on duty, also lamented the unrelenting violations of media rights.

“The day comes at a time we continue to record media rights violations. The number of reporters arrested or harassed over the COVID-19 lockdown is worrisome and the State should be concerned. We had hoped media repression would be a thing of the past,” he said.

“Journalism without fear or favour, this year’s theme, is what each and every journalist on diaries across the country hopes for. Let journalists work without fear, let the industry develop and democracy will become a reality.”

Also commemorating World Press Day, Community Newspapers Association of Zimbabwe (CNAZ) said citizens face the threat of fake news.

CNAZ secretary-general Owen Matawa said: “As an association, we have noted that as the pandemic spreads, it has also given rise to a second pandemic of misinformation, from harmful health advice to wild conspiracy theories.
“It is our view as CNAZ that the Press provides the antidote of churning out verified, scientific, fact-based news and analysis.”

CNAZ called on law enforcers to stop harassing and arresting journalists.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there were at least 250 imprisoned journalists globally at the time of its 2019 census worldwide.

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3 illegal miners defy lockdown, jailed

Source: 3 illegal miners defy lockdown, jailed – NewsDay Zimbabwe THREE Bindura illegal gold panners, who defied the lockdown on Workers’ Day to prospect for gold at a farm in Bindura, appeared in court and were sentenced to 60 days in jail. BY SIMBARASHE SITHOLE The matter came to light at Bindura Magistrates Courts last […]

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Source: 3 illegal miners defy lockdown, jailed – NewsDay Zimbabwe

THREE Bindura illegal gold panners, who defied the lockdown on Workers’ Day to prospect for gold at a farm in Bindura, appeared in court and were sentenced to 60 days in jail.

BY SIMBARASHE SITHOLE

The matter came to light at Bindura Magistrates Courts last week where Brian Munyengeterwa (27), Zvaitwa Yemurai (23) and Patrick Masamba (age not given) appeared before magistrate Moreblessing Makati.

Makati sentenced them to 60 days in prison which she suspended on condition that they pay a fine of $1 200 each.
Prosecutor Vincent Marunya told the court that on May 1, the trio stormed into Rapid Farm, Bindura, and threatened to assault security guards.

The illegal miners started to prospect for gold at the mine, while the guards went to inform their employer Martin Mavhunga who alerted the police, leading to the trio’s arrest.

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