Moyo rapped over repressive statement

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INFORMATION minister Jonathan Moyo

INFORMATION Minister Jonathan Moyo has been criticised for wanting to turn Zimbabwe into a “secretive North Korea”, after he said the government would in the future confiscate cameras if an unfortunate incident, like President Robert Mugabe’s fall, happened again.

NQOBANI NDLOVU
STAFF REPORTER

The Welshman­ Ncube led— MDC said Zimbabweans should not be turned into scared and ignorant citizens by “those who arrogate themselves the responsibility of getting angry on behalf of Mugabe”.

Moyo on Saturday defended State security agents who forced journalists to delete photographs of Mugabe falling, and said: “These digital devices have built— in facilities for things that are deleted to remain alive for at least 30 days.

“So next time, we have learnt that we should not delete, we should take the devices.”

The Information minister, addressing journalists at the Bulawayo Press Club, warned that the private media might not be invited to State functions in future.

MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube
MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube

Nhlanhla Dube, the MDC spokesperson, said this ran against Section 57 of the Constitution, which among other things, stipulates that every person has a right not to have their possessions seized and the privacy of their communications infringed.

“MDC refuses to have our country, which our forefathers fought long and hard to liberate from colonial rule, be turned into a rogue North Korea — like state just because those who arrogate themselves the responsibility of getting angry on behalf of President Mugabe are offended,” he said.

North Korea has for decades remained the most reclusive and closed country in the world.

It is one of the few countries still under nominally communist rule.

“Zanu PF must learn, alien as it is to their political DNA that our State organs and institutions cannot, must not and should not be turned into partisan instruments for creating a scared, ignorant, zombie and numbed citizenry which lives in fear of its president and political party,” Dube said.

“That is not the definition of fairness or freedom.

“We all deserve all the rights as prescribed in the national Constitution.

“We encourage Zanu PF and their clones, who are still living in the stone age, to accept that there are some things they cannot control, and one of those things is the advancement in information communication technology, which has thankfully led to citizen journalism and easy sharing of information.”

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  1. It disheartens me no it makes me very angry when a mere person declares things that deprive other people of their rights without any feeling of conscience.
    Moyo wants to hide the fall of a president from the eyes of the citizens why?The knees are week because of old age therefore it is easier for the aged president to fall than would somebody of say Welshman Ncubes age.
    You cannot Nikuv old age professor.
    How are you going to cover his slurring speech?
    How are you going to cover momentary mind lapses at public events broadcast live?
    You can try your best since you are a professor but as long as Mugabe remains President the citizens of this country will watch his every move with a microscope.
    It is not a crime to be old professor but it is a national security risk to hide the frailty and senility of a sitting head of state.

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