Zimbabwe is currently in the process of writing a new supreme law of the country to replace the Lancaster House Constitution which was written in 1979.
However, the road to a new constitution has proven to be bumpy with spoilers emerging to distort information by twisting facts and in some instances through lies.
On Thursday the 9th of February, a local daily newspaper, NEWSDAY, ran a story titled “Constitution to bar Mugabe”. The paper claimed that the new constitution bars anyone who is over 70 years to contest in the Presidential elections.
However, COPAC co-chairperson, Mr. Douglas Mwonzora refuted the report labeling it a lie. Mr. Mwonzora said such a provision does not exist in the draft and clarified that COPAC has not discussed such issues.
But why would the NEWSDAY manufacture such a story? In a free democracy such as Zimbabwe, others may argue that it is an expression of media freedom, while some might view the false report as one of those stories where reporters are misled by sources.
However, it is the clear hatred of President Mugabe by the local private media which raises questions.
Political analyst, Professor Jonathan Moyo believes the behaviour by the independent media is nothing strange since the papers are aligned to the MDC-T which has vigorously pursued a regime change agenda.
But can the obsession for regime change lead to such outright falsehoods?
For others, such reportage is clear evidence that the MDC formations are scared to battle it out in elections with President Mugabe and would rather have him out through any other means except going to the polls.
Media and social commentator, Caesar Zvayi says the dilemma which the local private media faces is how to please foreign masters who coordinate and fund their operations.
But why are foreigners so much interested in controlling and determining the final outcome of Zimbabwe’s constitution?
Analysts agree that since a constitution is the supreme law of any country, there is no better method for Western powers which have always fought to control Zimbabwe’s vast resources than to have legislations which are favourable to their manoeuvres.
Though any society might have its gullible members who will swallow every piece of information hook, line and sinker, one can only hope genuine Zimbabweans with their country at heart will judge for themselves.
But what is clear so far is that the NEWSDAY should be forgiven, for the agenda is never theirs, but belongs to the powers who handle the paper.
The sooner the local media is weaned from foreign powers the better for Zimbabweans.