Friday, August 17, 2007

State media descends on Pius Ncube

The state media is working tirelessly in bludgeoning President Mugabe’s number one critic, Archbishop Pius Ncube who is facing allegations of adultery.
The Archbishop is on record calling for the resignation of President Mugabe to pave way for a new and democratic government. He is also on record saying Mugabe is a hypocrite after the President ordered operation Murambatsvina that displaced many people from their homes in 2005.
All this was before the nation woke up one July morning to the shocking pictures of the Archbishop in bed with a woman identified as Rosemary Sibanda. The story has since divided the nation into two; one group that sympathizes with the Bishop while the other is of Mugabe sympathizers.
State media broke the story.
Ncube’s sympathizers feel that this is merely a smear campaign orchestrated by state agents in a bid to discredit the bishop. And the way the state media has handled this issue has compounded this feeling. This is given the way it has been on the forefront releasing crude pictures of the Archbishop in bed with the woman in question. Sate media has spearheaded an anti Ncube crusade and this has left many people questing the relevance of such.
“The matter in question is between Pius Ncube, the courts and God”, said Loughty Dube, Chairperson of the Media Institute of Southern Africa- Zimbabwe chapter.
The state media has virtually tried and convicted Ncube before the court has even done so. However, people are now questioning whether the courts are going to do justice without the interference of the government given the breakdown of the rule of law in the country.
This follows the fact that the adultery summons were served to the Archbishop in what looked more like a state media press conference. The unsuspecting Pius Ncube was given the summons in the presence editors and reporters from state media who were waiting to break the story.

This goes to show that there is no more objective, fair and unbiased media in Zimbabwe to act as a public watchdog much to the satisfaction of the government after it closed down almost all independent media save for a few that is operating under the hawk eye of state agents.

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