By Jane Mlambo| Opposition MDC Alliance Spokesperson Fadzai Mahere has challenges Information Secretary Ndabaningi Nick Mangwana to a public debate on the issue of Western imposed sanctions saying Zimbabweans are being fed propaganda and half baked truth from the government and ruling party Zanu PF.
Mahere declared her challenge on Twitter saying;
“I challenge Mr Nick Mangwana to a live professionally moderated podium debate on sanctions in the national interest. Zimbabweans deserve a Govt that leads in good faith. The bad governance, propaganda & half-truths must stop. #ZimbabweanLivesMatter,” she said.
In response, Mangwana said he will not join someone’s reality show but was quick to say he is open to defending government position on BBC, Sky and other international news organisations.
And I spent hours doing same on BBC, Sky and the rest. We just don’t join someone’s reality shows.
Meanwhile, former cabinet minister Walter Mzembi said government should not be afraid of construction engagement and debate telling Mangwana to accept the challenge.
“GVT shouldn’t be afraid of constructive engagement & debate . During our time we would defend our beliefs even on BBC Hardtalk with the toughest ! Sanctions Debate should be won at home first @nickmangwana take up this intellectual challenge tizipigwe,” said Mzembi.
On a lighter note, the self exiled former tourism minister told Mangwana that he had cleared his way for the debate with his principal President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Government of Zimbabwe successfully lobbied SADC to declare the 25th of October as the anti-sanctions day with the current chairperson and Mozambique President, Felipe Nyusi releasing a statement calling for the removal of the embargo.