Newspaper headlines both in the State-controlled and privately owned media were today awash with news about “big wigs” being hauled before the Parliamentary committee on mines and energy this morning.
The bitter truth buried in recent headlines about how the political consulting company – Cambridge Analytica – used social media and messaging, primarily Facebook and WhatsApp, to try to sway voters in presidential elections in the US and Kenya is simply this: Facebook is the reason why fake news is here to stay.
The Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front national political commissar Engelbert Rugeje says his party has ordered 15 million T-shirts, 15 million caps and two million wrappers for women and will be dishing them out so that every party member should have at least three caps and three T-shirts.
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has banned all radio and television advertising of faith healing powers and the use of scientifically untested methods of treatment by healing by individuals and churches.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has defended his foreign trips arguing that Zimbabwe must embrace the international community to secure crucial foreign investment.
“Delayed polls dates compromise credibility”, declared a headline by the Daily News. “President Emmerson Mnangagwa is by law empowered to proclaim the election dates and until he does so, civic groups, opposition parties and by extension, the national election management body; the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission as well as prospective voters; keep speculating,” the paper said.
The recently formed National Patriotic Front which says it has the blessing of former President Robert Mugabe is reported to be in trouble with accusations that party leader Ambrose Mutinhiri is incompetent.
Movement for Democratic Change leader Nelson Chamisa is to address a rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo tomorrow as part of the MDC Alliance.