President Robert Mugabe has described African Journalists as being “stuck in a rut” of parading negative reports about Africa.
He urged African reporters to bring Africa to positive limelight. The president made this known to journalists at the state house in Harare on Saturday after a meeting with the president of Equatorial Guinea.
President Tedoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea who is a close ally to Mugabe visited Zimbabwe since last Friday on a three-day official visit.
He said there are several positive things that African journalists can write on. He mentioned that reporting news about landmark achievements in African football is one of such. He said,
“Of course we feel that our journalists should report us better than they have been doing all along.”
“Report the good things that Africa is doing. There are many positives, including football,” the Zimbabwe leader was quoted as saying. The president also dismissed reports that he collapsed while on holiday in the Far East.
It is obvious that Mugabe’s fans are not impressed with local and international reports about his administration. Lately, issues about Mugabe’s health and land reform programme have been making waves from different media sites. Hence, the need to tread with caution. Mugabe enjoined journalists to bring out the brighter light of Zimbabwe and Africa as a whole.
Meanwhile, reports say that Zimbabwe’s Sunday Mail has taken the lead by pouring praises on President Mugabe. In its lead editorial, the newspaper said that the president “is the epitome of principle, boldness, gallantry, endurance and most importantly African pride”,
“We need not tell you how this honourable son of Africa has steered the ship towards industrialisation,” said the newspaper’s editorial.
However, this did not go down well with citizens who took to twitter to express their displeasure. One Zimbabwean said, “shouldn’t it read has steered ship towards deindustrialisation?”
Reacting also, Movement for Democratic Change lawmaker, Jessie Majome blasted Mugabe saying “if that’s what African pride is then give me humility!”
Like Mugabe, Equatorial Guinea’s President Tedoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has also been in power more than 35 years. In the course of his visit, he deliberated upon several matters with president Mugabe. Some of them include the reform of the United Nation Security Council and the African summit that will hold next weekend. Next weekend, the 26th African Union of Heads of State and Government will take place in Addis Ababa.
Speaking on the forth coming summit, the president said;
“So on the eve of the meeting of the African Union, we saw it fit to discuss what our position would be in regards to various matters: The issue of the reform of the Security Council and what our positions as Africans should be; and that is what we would want to discuss also with others at the African Union meeting in Addis Ababa.”
President Mugabe is also the chairman of African Union. He also said that ways on how to effectively enhance Zimbabwe-Equatorial Guinea bilateral relation was another top issue discussed with president Tedoro Obiang.