Rawlings mad at GTV anchor for calling Robert Mugabe a ‘rebel leader’

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Former president Jerry John Rawlings says he’s shocked at the national television broadcaster, GTV, for describing Robert Mugabe as a rebel leader.

Mr Rawlings in a social media post Thursday night said a GTV news anchor on Wednesday, September 11, tagged the late former Zimbabwean president as a rebel leader.

It is unclear who the news anchor is as Mr. Rawlings failed to state the name in the post.

Though he said he has not lost sight of the “disproportionate influence” of some western countries over the local media, he said it was shocking and disheartening for the news anchor to denigrate such an African freedom fighter.

“…to hear the newsreader on GTV yesterday refer to the late Mugabe, a former freedom fighter and leader as a rebel leader, was not only shocking but truly disheartening” he tweeted.

“A rebel leader?” he asked rhetorically, stating it was “unbelievable” to hear that from the mouth of a Ghanaian newsreader on national television.

Below is his Tweet

As Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, he ruled until 2017 when he was ousted by a military coup.

Mr Mugabe, who was 95, died last week while undergoing medical treatment in a Singapore hospital.

His body will lie in state at the Rufaro football stadium in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, for two days as part of a state burial being given the man who has been declared “a national hero” by the ruling Zanu-PF party.



Source: 3news


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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