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Zimbabwe army's response to negative stories published by various publications

01 Jun 2020 at 16:06hrs | Views
The Zimbabwe National Army has noted with great concern the increasing number of fabricated stories vilifying its efforts in assisting the Zimbabwe Republic Police in the enforcement of the current COVID-19 lockdown measures.

The stories are based on making cheap political scores through peddling of lies disguised as truthful information based on the ZNA's participation in the operation to assist the ZRP in enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown measures. The Army has always been aware of individuals and organisations who masquerade as journalists to push a regime change agenda by using every opportunity they get to soil the image of the ZNA. In fulfilment of their sinister agenda, the stories create but fail to sustain a narrative that portrays the ZNA as a brutal force whose operations always violate the laws of the country.

The narrative has always been to portray the ZNA as a brutal force without a human face. A case in point is a story headlined 'Chaos as ZNA Soldiers run amok and bash Senior Police Officers and Kirsty' published on on 26 May 2020. The story alleges that the soldiers clapped cops in the face with open palms as the former tried to identify themselves. It is further alleged in the story that a day earlier the same soldiers had assaulted six people randomly at Zimbabwe Hotel, including the owner, Kirsty Mazana for not switching off lights at the hotel building.

Another story which shows online media's agenda of soiling the image of the ZNA and Zimbabwe in particular is one published by on 25 May 2020 headlined 'Khupe Helps Military Crush Chamisa'. The story merely seeks to tarnish the image of the organisation and also divert people's attention from the feud between the two MDC factions. In a clear demonstration of the online media's agenda to soil the image of the ZNA, the writer gives a misleading headline 'Khupe Helps Military Crush Chamisa' when in actual fact, details of the story contain no information on what the military did to qualify inclusion in the headline. The internet is awash with several such stories that are bent on misleading readers in fulfilment of the writers' sinister political agendas.

The Army would like to advise members of the public to be wary of such stories which are meant to cause alarm among Zimbabweans and sow seeds of hatred against members of the force. The ZNA remains a professional Army whose operations continue to be guided by the laws of the country.

Lieutenant Colonel Director Army Public Relations

Source - Alphios Makotoredailynews
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