By Staff Reporter
Prominent Harare lawyer and political analyst, Obert Gutu said social media is being negatively used to portray Zimbabwe as a jungle which is on the verge of collapse.
Gutu said a lot of good social economic transformation and infrastructure development is taking place in Zimbabwe, but detractors are focusing on publishing fake news about Zimbabwe to suit their nefarious and evil agendas.
“There are actually two versions of Zimbabwe. There is the Zimbabwe portrayed on social media which is full of doom and gloom as compared to the real Zimbabwe on the ground, where a lot of good socio-economic transformation and infrastructural development is slowly, but surely taking shape,” said Gutu.
Gutu added that the negative propaganda against Zimbabwe can only excites a few people as the majority of Zimbabweans knows the truth about their country.
“With the negative propaganda against Zimbabwe propagated in some media circles, one might be tempted to think that Zimbabwe is one big open prison. The negative disinformation and misinformation campaign only excites a very small and insignificant segment of the voting population,” added Gutu.
Gutu labelled peddlers of negative propaganda about Zimbabwe as holier than thou individuals who had a lot of skeletons in their closets.
“On social media, you will find prefects of moral fortitude, prefects of political fortitude, and prefects of religious fortitude. Just open the closets of these prefects and you are certain to be hit by huge skeletons tumbling out. This holier-than-thou attitude is absolutely sickening,” fumed Gutu.
Gutu further said that people who consistently, unreasonably and treacherously attack Zimbabwe at every turn are not patriots, but enemies of the State.
Gutu’s sentiments were echoed by Labour Economists and African Democrats (LEAD) President Linda Masarira who said people should speak positively about their country instead of demonising it.
Anti-Government activists such as Hopewell Chin’ono, Pedzisai Ruhanya and Joanna Mamombe are always writing and speaking evil about Zimbabwe so that it can be perceived badly by outsiders.