The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe has shamed the private media by paying tribute to SADC for its unwavering support and facilitation efforts that gave birth to the country’s Global Political Agreement.
Some sections of the private media have been insinuating a diplomatic row between Zimbabwe and SADC, but in his Independence Day speech on Monday, Cde Mugabe made it clear that there is no fallout between Zimbabwe and the regional bloc.
Political analysts say despite the private media being bent on creating an imaginary Zimbabwe/SADC row, the Presidentâ€™s remarks are confirmation that bilateral relations between Zimbabwe and the regional bloc are built on solid ground.
â€œThe Independence speech made it clear that there is no war between SADC and Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is a founder member of SADC so it has an eternal role to play in the blocâ€™s affairs,â€ said Mr Alexander Rusero, who is a political analyst.
With Zimbabwe having contributed to the founding of SADC, analysts say the current geopolitical and socio- economic ties that the country and the regional bloc enjoy cannot be wished away as they are of historic importance.Â
Whilst government has always urged media practitioners to practise responsible journalism, which paints a correct picture of events rather than relying on sensationalism, some sections of the private media have on a number of occasions courted controversy through some articles which contain falsehoods and have led to legal action by aggrieved parties.
Recently, a local daily publication published reports saying Zimbabwe is an inhabitable country and as such at 31 years after independence, there is nothing to celebrate about.
The report follows a similar malicious report, alleging that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantine Chiwenga is not well.
The ill-health claims have since been scoffed at by the Commander General himself in an interview with ZBC on the sidelines of the Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium on Monday.