Zimbabwe

State TV won't broadcast Mugabe speech live because of fears of heckling

2015-09-15 16:01
(Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

(Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare - Zimbabwe's state television has decided against a live broadcast of President Robert Mugabe's speech to Parliament on Tuesday, following threats from opposition MPs to heckle the 91-year-old leader.

Opposition MPs heckled Mugabe when he delivered a State of the Nation address to Parliament in August, something which not been seen since Mugabe came to power in 1980.

The MPs had threatened to heckle him again over anonymous death threats to some opposition MPs.

In a Facebook update posted at lunchtime on Tuesday, MP Jessie Majome said Mugabe's address was heard "in deathly silence".

The Harare West MP also claimed she had received death threats earlier on Tuesday.

"I have received a death threat at 10:13 and another one at 11:35 on my Econet line from 'Death' saying 'Warning!! Immunity ends in Parliament. If you step outside you become an ordinary citizen. Do the wise thing and not disturb proceedings in Parliament.'"

She named five other opposition MPs who also received death threats.

Majome posted: "Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death I shall not fear for thou art with me and thy shield and thy staff comfort me still."

Criticising or insulting Mugabe can still lead to arrest. The state broadcaster has often been slammed by the opposition for its perceived bias, though government loyalists point out that sections of the private press are equally biased in favour of the opposition.

Well-known rights activist Takura Zhangazha tweeted: "Whatever pretence we have as Zimbabweans at democracy today was put to rest with state media's blackout of Parliament's opening."

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

SHARE:

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.