Recent online media claims that the United Nations (UN) has approved the intervention of a multinational force to Zimbabwe, have once again exposed a bigger anti-establishment plot meant to discredit the new dispensation’s economic revival and re-engagement efforts.
Online media sites yesterday quoted unnamed diplomats claiming that the UN Security Council was planning to send armed forces to remove Government for alleged human rights violations.
This followed a visit by UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr Mark Lowcock, who committed $10 million to the country.
The UN has since poured cold water on the claims, with UN Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Bishow Parajuli describing them as absolute nonsense in light of the international body’s humanitarian efforts in the country.
“The UN is committed to continue to work with the Government to undertake the necessary reform efforts as outlined in the Transitional Stabilisation Programme to support the country’s vision to become a middle income country by 2030. That having been said, these longer term reform efforts need to take place in parallel short-term humanitarian assistance that are life-saving and resilience-building activities that are aimed to prevent further deterioration and safeguard gains made so far,” said Bishow Mr Parajuli, the UN Ambassador to Zimbabwe.
Local analysts today weighed in saying progressive Zimbabweans should not take such falsehoods seriously.
“This only points to a sinister motive by the country’s detractors to misrepresent facts to the extent of lying for an international body and quoting unknown sources in a bid to give weight to their falsehoods,” said Mr Alexander Rusero.
“The falsehoods are part of a grand plot to tarnish’s country’s image in the face of re-engagement efforts, and to raise uncalled for international alarm at a time President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is implementing policies to revive the economy. Also worth noting is that the sarcastic ridicule of the misrepresentation of the UN Delegation mission by Mr Parajuli is exposing the international community’s lack of interest in any form of the Government’s demonization,” said Mr Richard Mahomva.
The peddling of falsehoods especially on social media has been rife in the country and Zimbabweans have on several occasions been urged to rely on official sources of information.