Government threatens social media abusers after minister received death threats

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe received death threats for exposing the masterminds behinds last week’s civil disturbances in parts of the country. Dr Mushohwe said this at a Zanu-PF Matabeleland North inter-district meeting in Lupane yesterday. “These people thought they were clever in the sense that they believed that they were faceless individuals, but we now know them. (We also know) these people who made death threats to my family and I. We are not worried or feel threatened at all,” he said.

“We know that the opposition previously claimed that they were not involved in all this pandemonium, but we now know that they have a heavy hand in all this. We know that they received large sums of money from embassies to instigate this unrest in a move to use social media to effect some sort of regime change agenda.

“When all this started, I was in China where I engaged various institutions on matters pertaining to my ministry. I asked them, among other things, how they managed the use of social media considering that they have over 700 million mobile network users, of which they said it was the easiest task.

“They actually said none of those 700 million users could post something on social media without the Government knowing. They actually laughed at me when I told them that in Zimbabwe, we have just 1,5 million users; yet someone then thinks we are that dull such that we cannot monitor how they use the social media. I should warn all those who are abusing the social media to cause unrest in the country that we are coming for them.”

Dr Mushohwe also said, “Zanu-PF is a party with a history and known ideology. We are unlike some of these individuals who were bought by other countries. We have a constitution that governs our party; therefore, if people feel that they are not satisfied with the manner in which certain things in the country are being done, there is a way in which they air their views, hence, these problems can be easily solved.

“Right now, they all know that industries in the country, especially in the Matabeleland region, were shut down because of the very sanctions they called for. It is because of this that most people then resorted to the establishment of small and medium scale enterprises, which, we, as Zimbabweans, manage on our own.

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“They then go on to tell us to stay away from the very companies which we run. Where is the logic in all this? It is clearly someone being cruel and not interested in our growth.”

On imports restrictions, he said, “If you want to buy food for your families, we are not saying you cannot do this. But let us be honest, what will we be aiming to achieve if we say people can go buy meat, for example, in South Africa?

“We are indirectly trying to destroy our own beef industry. It further boggles the mind that people would want to go buy Cremora (coffee creamer) from South Africa when we have a Nestle plant in the country.

“The same applies to the lies being peddled around the issue of the introduction of bond notes. It is a straightforward matter that is being blown out of proportion, with some claiming that this is an attempt to bring back the Zimbabwe dollar via the back door.”

Dr Mushohwe continued: “Let’s not worry ourselves with these other oppositions. They are currently in tatters and are not going anywhere at all. We have to now work on building our party from the cells and ensure that come 2018, we have a clean sweep. As we work, we must never forget that the party has one centre of power, which is President Mugabe.

“Anyone out there who is dreaming that they will ever be President ahead of President Mugabe should simply wake up and wash themselves with cold water. ‘‘These opposition leaders are just dreamers and should be advised so. Take Joice Mujuru for example. “She was literary lifted from nowhere to where she is by President Mugabe.

‘‘I remember in 1980 when we achieved Independence, the President organised a secret school at Zimbabwe house, under my leadership. ‘‘Mujuru was taught at that school but now she thinks she can topple President Mugabe.

“She is clearly dreaming and some of us know that, but we have previously been quiet hoping she would awaken from her dream sooner rather than later.”