Zanu PF struggling in new media enviroment

The latest one being the wild accusations that the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Jameson Timba has come up with what it said was the secret meetings with some private media representatives in a move to recruit a pro-MDC-T editorial team that will spearhead anti-Cde Mugabe campaign under the so called £3 million pound project.

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The discredited Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is running a laughable claim that there is a scramble for 3 million pounds being dished by the Prime Minister’s Office to denigrate the person of the embattled 87 year old Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe and his party Zanu PF.

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ZBC claims that the attacks have intensified and accused some senior journalists and editors from the private media of stampeding to meet Mr. Timba to submit their curriculum vitas.

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Without providing evidence, ZBC said it has gathered what it said “latest information that shows that Mr. Timba is now in full charge as the overall editor of some sections of the private media, dictating the pace on what stories and headlines to write.

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Ahead of the MDC-T Congress in Bulawayo, State media ran with headlines claiming that the party was broke and its western sponsors had dumped it due to internal violence, but now it says there is a £3 million pound from western sponsors, and says independent media editors are engaged in a series of meetings with Mr. Timba who will tell them what Prime Minister Tsvangirai wants them to write.

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ZBC News also said Mr. Timba has been recruiting a pro-MDC-T editorial team that will position itself to take over the reins in the state media should his dreams to rule come true.

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Meanwhile in another report, the largely discredited Zimbabwe Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri who is well known for behaving like the Zanu PF Political Commissar has attacked the private media for what he said as acting as mouthpieces of some political elements through propaganda aimed at discrediting the image of law enforcement agents.

CG Chihuri was addressing a police pass out parade at Morris Depot in Harare.

He said it is disappointing to note that while the Zimbabwe Republic Police is striving to uphold citizens’ rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the laws of the land, there are elements which are using the private media to project the force in bad light.

“Sadly when police officers are brutally murdered by the same people who are accusing ZRP of abusing human rights, there is deafening silence by their mouthpiece, the private media which ironically seem to suddenly get its voice when the perpetrators of such gruesome murders are lawfully arrested and detained,” he said.

473 police officers comprising 346 males and 127 females graduated after a six-month competency-based recruit training programme.

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The ceremony was characterised by impressive performances by the police band mixed with drills and marches that captivated those who witnessed the event.

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