Social media as regime change tool

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AS the regime change kingpins maintain their relentless effort to dislodge the ZANU PF Government, without shame, it is imperative that appropriate measures be taken to see to it that their nefarious programme is brought to nought.

There is the danger that we might be lulled into signing our own death warrant, by trying to comply with their version of ‘democracy’.

For to them, any action by individuals or groups, likely to embarrass the Government, is deemed ‘a democratic right’. 

On the other hand, any measures taken by the Government to maintain the rule of law, is branded suppression, denial of human rights or anything derogatory. 

As a sovereign state, self-interest should be the hallmark in our decision making. 

If we look at the countless destruction-inspired organised illegal demonstrations by the MDC Alliance, the reaction by the US and our police tell a story.

Our police have been quick to disperse them before chaos had ensued.

This has, inevitably, sometimes been accompanied by the firing of tear smoke or the use of police baton sticks.  

The reaction by the US and others in their corner has invariably been outright condemnation of, otherwise commendable action, by our police.

In a recent observation, we noted how US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nicols had abandoned his diplomatic jacket to fight the Government, bare-knuckled, in the MDC Alliance corner.

This is a sign of how they have escalated their anti-ZANU PF campaign.

But it does not end there.

And the US Ambassador appears to be very eager to be the torchbearer.

Previously, the US seemed content with using the NGOs to spearhead their regime change programme.

Desired results have, however, not been forthcoming.

In an apparent shift, the US is now emphasising on digital activism through social media, a tool considered ideal for urbanites and the youth. 

They must have in thought the Arab Spring, that series of uprisings in North Africa, which saw the fall of the Tunisian Government in 2010.

Spewing anti-Government propaganda through social media by well-trained disciples is now seen as the surest way to also effect regime change in Zimbabwe.

The frequency of Zenzele Ndebele’s visits to the US Embassy speaks volumes for the current liaison between this regime change veteran and the American Embassy. 

The Government has to take this very seriously.

This is an onslaught with the hefty financial backing of renowned regime change organisations like George Soros’ National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The Americans, as the self-styled policemen of the world, believe that their wishes are sacrosanct.

But we are a sovereign state and self preservation is an unquestionable obligation. 

Whatever problems we have, we are capable of solving them among ourselves as a sovereign State.

Our security agents have every right to see to it that law and order prevails.

Theirs is not to be taught what democracy is, by the greatest violators of this oft-misused word.

We pray that a stringent cyber law, which keeps tight control on social media abusers, be passed. 

We must also remember that the big brother mentality of the Americans has no boundaries and will stop at nothing.

Zimbabweans are not alone.

Right now Zambia is not amused by the outcry by the US after it convicted a gay couple.

What this has to do with the US only God knows.

Thus the unwarranted interference by the US is a challenge for the rest of Africa and must be defied.

SADC has already shown the way.

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