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    Thursday, 23 August 2018

    Chinotimba attacks Mirror on teachers’ contributions


    BUHERA – Newly elected Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba was everywhere on Heroes Day last week.
    He chased away war veterans from a national function that is supposed to bring all Zimbabweans together regardless of their political or religious beliefs.
    He got Chief Chamutsa manhandled by party youth for supporting an independent candidate during the just ended national elections. He then attacked The Mirror and its correspondent in public for covering Buhera teachers' complaints against monetary contributions that they are forced to make towards national events like Heroes and Independence Day.
    The man really felt like using his newly gotten powers as an MP.
    "Pasi neMirror (Down with The Mirror) which writes negative stories about Buhera.
    "I am a forthright person who when he sees something wrong, will point it out so that I am at peace with my conscience. I want to tell The Mirror reporter here that pasi naye nenewspaper rake zvose. She has been covering bad things about Buhera and yet she attends our functions and eat our food," thundered Chinotimba.
    'Pasi' is a Zanu PF slogan which during the war meant that the accused person must be killed. The slogan still means the same today.
    Chinotimba told a sizeable crowd gathered at Murambwi Heroes Acre for the celebrations that The Mirror was wrong to cover teachers who complained that they were being forced to pay $1 each to cover Independence Day celebrations expenses.
    He said that teachers and all other civil servants have an obligation to fund State occasions and there was therefore no need for newspapers to cover such stories which he described as negative.
    The teachers who spoke to The Mirror had complained that they were underpaid and yet the same Government which acknowledges the poor remunerations was taking back from the little that they get.
    MISA said such kind of behaviour is deplorable when asked to comment on Chinotimba's attack on the media.
    The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists president Godfrey Mutimba said they condemn such acts of violence and Chinotimba and other politicians should desist from harrasing journalist who will be doing their duty to inform the people on what is happening.
    The Progressive Teachers' Union Zhou Takavafira said Chinotimba must appologise to The Mirror for such utterances and he should desist from such kind of behaviour that incite violence because the journalist might have been attacked at that funcution because of what he said. 
    Many people who attended the event were not amused by Chinotimba's attack on The Mirror. 

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