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Tell the truth please

PAGE 10 of the August 23 Chronicle carried a supplement on the first graduation of the Great Zimbabwe University.

In it, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education’s introduction and comments on the occassion&#821

7;s guest of speaker are published. I have two worries regarding that article;

First, the Minister begins by quoting (as is the habit of “learned people”) “one writer who once said ‘young men shall dream dreams, old men shall see visions”’. Speakers who know from where they are quoting will actually say who it is that they are quoting.

Would the learned Minister know who he was quoting, because as far as I know, it is in the book of Joel, chapter two, verse 28 of the Bible. Those who don’t tell the truth are called liars or is this a case of twisting the gospel for political expediency and bootlicking.

Secondly, in explaining the origins of the Zvimba dynasty, why did the Minister have to trust the publications of Blair’s kinsmen to justify our own history? He said: “Evidence of this fact comes from the 18th and 19th Century Portuguese records as well as information collected by Rhodesian settler researchers like Donald Abraham, now Professor of History in the USA …” I didn’t know we could trust settler researchers with the truth about us!



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