MDC accuses state media of hate speech

HARARE - The MDC party yesterday accused state-controlled media of publishing hate speech and propaganda that flew in the face of the spirit of national engagement and the political settlement signed last week.

MDC spokesperson Nelson Chamisa called on the state media to play a positive role in moving our country forward through assisting national healing and creating hope.

The MDC official accused the government’s flagship Herald newspaper of employing a columnist who used hostile language against the opposition, which was out of tune with the political developments and mood on the ground.

Chamisa said Nathaniel Manheru, who is widely thought to be a pseudonym for President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, used his column at the weekend to denigrate the opposition and to peddle the usual falsehood that the MDC is full of imaginary puppets of the whites.

 He (Manheru) has not toned down his hate speech, confirming that he is a front for a minority and parasitic elite which is benefiting from the current crisis; a clique that is deriving profit from the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe, Chamisa alleged.

He added: The ZBC (Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation) and The Herald continue to give acres of space to analysts who want to poison the spirit of dialogue…instead of giving coverage to critical national issues such as HIV and Aids, national development and economic transformation. – ZimOnline

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