Comment: A voice for the people

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TODAY we make history as AMH launches Southern Eye – the paper for the people of the south.

Southern Eye comment

The main focus of this non-partisan newspaper will be Matabeleland Masvingo and Midlands, in which we endeavour to bear witness to the hopes, aspirations, fears and dreams of the people of the south.

This is not an ethnic or regional mischievous project, but a noble initiative to spotlight these largely marginalised and underdeveloped provinces of Zimbabwe.

Southern Eye aims to give the inhabitants of the south a voice, an opportunity to be heard.

Newspapers by their nature are in the knowledge industry that aims at deflating the vices of ignorance and replacing them with enlightenment.

We aim to bring out issues that were at one moment or at a certain epochal period regarded as marginalised or not of national importance and equip inhabitants with an authentic voice in which they can define and communicate their realities.

The Southern Eye will be available to provide the checks and balances of the powers that be with special focus being on ensuring that the social contract between the government (State) and the governed is made stronger on socio-economic and political issues that the State is supposed to fulfil.

We want to ensure that the forgotten or ignored human interest stories are elevated to national or provincial debate.

Above all, the paper will be a vehicle that will promote a market place of ideas, mobilising the intelligentsia, academics, church, labour, students, women’s groups, farmers and the general public to interface and let their thought process clash and breed a well-structured democracy.

The Southern Eye will stand true to the novelty and sacrosanct position of upholding the fidelity of truth-telling and celebrating the fact that facts are sacred, but opinion is free.

It will remain a servant to the aspirations of the peoples of the region and the identified target audience.

It is our promise that throughout its life span, it will be a life of interpreting the realities and exigencies faced in the identified segments of the community
The people of the south have finally found an authentic source of information.

They must be proud to be the true owners of the paper that narrates their day-to-day realities.