Govt calls for responsible citizenship

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT has noted the recent anti-Zimbabwe campaign that has courted the interest of South Africa, which is set to dispatch special envoys to understand the situation obtaining in the country.

The South African Presidency announced through its official twitter account this Thursday that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed former Safety and Security Minister Sydney Mufamadi and former National Assembly Speaker Ms Baleka Mbete as special envoys to Zimbabwe.

This follows reports of a non-existent crisis, amid a smear campaign by some anti-government forces, among them G40 members based in South Africa.

Of note, Saviour Kasukuwere, Walter Mzembi and Patrick Zhuwao, who are all wanted in the country for various reasons, have been engaging various regional players in an effort to paint a picture of a crisis in the country.

They recently met African National Congress’ (ANC) Secretary-General, Elias Sekgobelo “Ace” Magashule of South Africa where they apparently fed him with what Zimbabwe has described as wrong impressions of the situation obtaining in the country.

In light of this, the Permanent Secretary of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana has since made it clear that it is now time to push forward the enactment of a law that promotes responsible citizenship.

“I do not know where this is coming from, it is a colonial mentality. People are not making a distinction between what is good for the country and what is bad for the certain party which is politics. The country comes first, many countries including the USA which many people say is the paragon of virtue when it comes to democracy has an equivalent of the patriotic act which imparts a responsibility on citizens not to undermine the country. What we are facing as a country is the undermining of the country. Let me let you know a secret of what we are dealing with now, especially those who are running with the hashtag Zimbabwean lives matter. What we had was a plan by the organisers to cause so much chaos that the security forces will intervene and that bloodshed would trigger the campaign. But still, they went ahead and released that hashtag,” he said.

Mr Mangwana said it is unfortunate that some of the pictures being used on social media to allege human rights abuses by law enforcement agents are of events that happened long before the 2nd administration came into power.

Meanwhile, the ZANU-PF Party has issued a statement welcoming South-Africa’s decision to send two envoys to Zimbabwe.

In a statement, ZANU-PF Acting Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Patrick Chinamasa gave reference to the excellent relations between the two countries, citing hope that the envoy will set the record straight on what is prevailing Zimbabwe.

“ZANU-PF commends President Ramaphosa for this informed decision which we are pretty sure will set the record straight about the reality of the situation in zimbabwe. Our People and our nation has been as well as our leadership has been subjected to unbridled and unjustified systematic attacks by fake news peddlers on social media in a desperate attempt to tarnish the image of our country and leadership. The attacks are also aimed at justifying illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the US and its allies, he said.

Cde Chinamasa further assured the region of Zimbabwe’s continued focus on peace and unity and most importantly at this time, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Finally, ZANU-PF assures the SADC and entire African Region that Zimbabweans are united and focused on fighting the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, under the able leadership of President ED Mnangagwa, “said Chinamasa.