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Facebook Reactions to the Mugabe Article…

You can’t have it both ways, right? One of the downsize of publicizing articles on facebook account is that people have the tendency to respond there instead of here.

Facebook is increasingly becoming a valuable tool for citizenry engagement. Despite the reality that computers are out of reach for many people, mobile phones are making it easy for Africans (especially the youth) throughout the continent to share information, and debate issues through Facebook.

To give you a taste of what I am talking about, I copied and pasted some of the facebook responses to the Mugabe stealing the SADC show article here. I blocked out names to protect the innocent!

•”The one thing Mugabe is good at is sticking to the letter of the law. If he presents evidence that the Tribunal has not been ratified by the minimum number of members, technically speaking, it is not properly constituted and decisions are therefore “illegal” . Similarly with the land issue: He has stuck to the letter of the law!”

•”Reality and tangible evidence on ground count more than a “nice” speech.”

•”Jst another f….ckng campaign basterd living large at the expense of hs own. Land redistribution im all 4 that mke ur owm pple 2 run, damn. Hitler se moer.”

•”The moment belonged to Cde Robert Mugabe – he is the most senior head of state and government in SADC.”

•”Mugabe remains our Hero, Let the imperiialist swallow the blade.”

•”RUBBISH!! Babeli Mugabe babeli!”

•”The old men was trying to put more sense into african leaders: it is true we have everything in Africa and we cant even make a chocolate. If this is true its a shame!!”

•”You are entitled to your view but I say “long live Robert Mugabe long live!”

•”Indeed it is a shame …., because it is true. One have to dig deeper into the case of Zimbabwe with an open mind to imperialism and how they control the media in order to understand where President Mugabe is coming from, I still ask why the West is so interested in Zimbabwe, is it perhaps because they are not making returns on investment in that country as is the case in so many of African Countries? Or is it because President Mugabe will not capitulate to Western powers?”

•”You must be joking……, lol!! You must be truly joking!”



Ndumba J. Kamwanyah

Ndumba Jonnah Kamwanyah, a native of Namibia in Southern Africa, is an independent consultant providing trusted advice and capacity building through training, research, and social impact analysis to customers around the world. Mos recently Ndumba returned from a consulting assignment in Liberia in support of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
In his recent previous life Ndumba taught (as an Adjunct Professor) traditional justice and indigenous African political institutions in sub-Saharan Africa at the Rhode Island College-Anthropology Department.

He is very passionate about democracy development and peace-building, and considers himself as a street researcher interested in the politics of everyday life.
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