|Why the media excesses?|
|Thursday, 25 August 2011 02:00|
Indeed, soldiers never die, they fade away - but fading away from our memories or what? As I watched his widow Vice President Cde Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru and their daughters I saw pain. Walking hand-in-hand with President Mugabe, ordinarily attired like any woman going to a funeral wake, it was like father and daughter walking together, full of pain however.
We are still baffled by that consuming fire tragedy, and it would be foolhardy to say that we don't have questions. We welcome VP Mujuru's call for answers based on thorough investigations and not speculation from people's fertile imaginations. It is therefore only proper that the police and other experts conduct their investigations unhindered for they have that burden of proof that will clear the air, which as a matter of fact is the issue I wish to glean. Why the media excesses? Indeed questions abound, but why reduce Cde Rex Nhongo to nothing, but a bar talk persona? Why did we see a media frenzy which made observers think that all those screaming headlines were nothing but mere acts?
One observer finally said, "Since when has the private media mourned a Zanu-PF cadre the way they are doing? What is in it for them? And, when you sample the headlines, what does it tell you? What is the bigger picture in those headlines?"
The day after, they had: "Gen Mujuru death: Zanu-PF in turmoil". All these were building up to the final verdict by Biti when he told MDC-T supporters in Mutare a day after the General's burial that Zanu-PF were the culprits.
The police must have so many witnesses if people could come up with such definitive conclusions. So, this is how we have decided to mourn Cde Rex Nhongo, and console his family? Why cheapen death? You mean to tell me that it needed the former white farmer, an aggrieved party for that matter to tell us that "his" house was "fire proof"?
So, how does a house become fireproof if certain elements could burn? The paper concluded that this came as no surprise "as Zanu-PF has a long history of chicanery?" Again, where is the evidence that makes someone make such a generalised statement? Why was it necessary for the media to bring an aggrieved party to comment on an issue that the police were dealing with? Was it a ploy to try and perforate credible evidence that the police might come up with? Why was it important to repeat his claims when Newsday had written the story two days before?
violence and they now engage in (burning) people. That's the Zanu-PF we know. Violence is in their DNA. That's what they know best and their fingerprints show violence," said Biti.
The General was Zanu-PF and a Zanla cadre who executed the guerrilla struggle with excellence. And as President Mugabe said, although fire took his life, that fire will not consume the mighty works he performed to make people like Biti insult people's common decency. Isn't it also surprising that MDC-T would not consider postponing its Mutare rally in order to bereave with the nation?
Cde Rex Nhongo, you are larger than life and we cherish the legacy you left us.
As a revolutionary, you deserve better, and not these media excesses. Cde Teurai Ropa and family, may the Spirit of the Lord give you strength to bear the pain.