THE real reason behind the problems besetting the Tribune are very evident to anyone with even one functioning brain cell and I think that the government should stop insulting our intelligence wi
th cooked-up reasons.
The reasons, for those who live on Mars, can generally be summarised as:
Kindness Paradza, a Zanu PF MP, managed to get a visa to get into Britain and was not turned away at the airport. In fact, the state media admitted as much, saying “people” could not understand how he managed this seeing that all other Zanu PF bigwigs have been barred from European soil.
We can safely conclude then that one of the prime motives for not offering any kindness to the Tribune is jealousy. It is not worthy of those who hold high office and they should be ashamed of themselves;
Paradza, owner of the Tribune, criticised Aippa and the Broadcasting Services Act in parliament and incurred the wrath of the powers-that-be. This is a childish reaction. It shows yet again that the people entrusted with power within Zanu PF still believe that criticising Zanu PF is a sign that you are a sell-out. It is not. Even in a marriage a wife can criticise her husband and still love him. Of course the question of why Paradza loves Zanu PF in the first place is not part of my brief and I leave that to be dissected by those who take glee in finding fault.
Paradza voluntarily ran on a Zanu PF ticket and nailed his colours firmly to their mast. So instead of immediately seeing colonial skeletons in his cupboard, those who are seeking to do him in should consider the fact that he is speaking from the heart.
When one joins a political party, one does not also hand over their conscience to that party. They use it to keep that party honest and if Zanu PF wants to be honest, they should seek to sit down with Paradza and see where he is coming from. If, after having explained themselves, they find their positions irreconcilable, then they should agree to part ways.
Dr Tafataona Mahoso should not sully the name of his commission by appearing to involve himself in what is clearly a political battle. He has always insisted that his mission is not to close down anyone but to regulate, which is all well and good. The change of ownership at the Tribune should not be the fig leaf behind which other forces hide their rotten motives. Everyone will see through that.