Harare - While political leaders here condemned a Nigerian television crew for waylaying President Robert Mugabe during his visit to Nigeria recently, members of the public lauded the journalists for what they believe was an act of bravery.
A Sahara Television crew ambushed Mugabe and irritated his security personnel when he attended the inauguration of his counterpart Muhammadu Buhari recently.
Zimbabwean authorities, particularly irritable Information Minister, Jonathan Moyo, have infamously labeled the journalists’ act as “Boko Haram journalism”.
However, ordinary Zimbabweans believe the Sahara media team, led by reporter Adeola Fayehum, was spot-on when she asked the veteran leader when he would hand over power to a younger leader.
“Honestly, how on earth can we have Mugabe alone as president of Zimbabwe from 1980 up to this present moment? Does it mean Mugabe is the only Alpha and Omega of Zimbabwean leadership? I found the Sahara TV questioning interesting and necessary considering we (Zimbabweans) have been calling for this change far too long, asking our beloved comrade Mugabe to pass on the button to another in Zanu PF, but the old man does not want,” said one war veteran named Muchapera Mabhunu.
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“We have the likes of the late Cde Eddison Zvobgo likening Mugabe to a fool who when in a 4 x 100m relay run and give each other the button stick, but the moment the stick gets into Mugabe's hands, he runs with it to the mountain unwilling to pass it on to the next runner. I really loved the Sahara crew's questioning, otherwise it will sink in the skull," said the liberation war fighter.
A Harare resident, Udzwanyiriri Ndouneyi, said the Sahara TV journalists “got it right on behalf of many oppressed Zimbabweans.”
“We all loved President Mugabe between 1980 up to 1990, but from there up until 2015, he and his cronies are imposing their will on hapless people.
If one looks around the entire Southern African region, all countries have had a change of leadership after liberation, others having changed four to five times but we still have Gushungo alone (Mugabe's totem). We are fed up with him. I found the Sahara crew's ambush worth supporting," said Ndouneyi.
Sheppard Mukurazhizha, a vegetable vendor along First Street of Harare lauded the Sahara TV saying they asked questioned deemed illegal in Zimbabwe.
"It was embarrassing for Mugabe and his crew, but I loved every moment of it. Generally speaking, when a worker is 70 years or so in a company goes for retirement, but our president is 91 years yet he does not want to pass on the button to fresh and young blood," Mukurazhizha said.
Elliot Vunjere of Copacabana said the timing by Sahara TV crew was laudable.
“Indeed, they did us (Zimbabweans) a good job. Our locally-based in Zimbabwe would not ask such questions without being arrested or accused of planning to overthrow a democratically elected government. I found the ambushing necessary and refreshing for millions of Zimbabweans," said an 80-year old Vunjere.
- CAJ News