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ED forgets that Twitter is closed

By Daniel Chigundu

President Emmerson Mnangagwa appears to be unaware of or might have forgotten that his government has shut down social media in the country.

The under-fire Zanu PF leader who is currently globetrotting with a begging bowl brew a shocker when he took to Twitter which his government has shut down to announce to Zimbabweans that he has cancelled his Davos trip and will be returning home to calm things down.

Zimbabwe is going through a cocktail of challenges politically, socially and economically which led people to protest demanding that the government should take action to rectify things.

Although the protest started as stay-away that had been called for by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) they ended up being violent demonstrations.

People were sharing messages and mobilizing through prominent social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp a development which prompted the government to shut them down.

We have compiled a few responses to Mnangagwa’s announcement on Twitter.

@StalleyZim: Vhurirai vanhu masai sai

@AmChambi: Who are you tweeting to when you blocked social media?

@acielumumba: You might not have a single person who can ably represent you boss. The ably (abry) representative you left akavhara masai sai; Tatoverenga tweet yenyu pablack market.

@tsedudzayi: so how do you think this message will reach Zimbabweans when all social media platforms are switched off? You are advisors should have told you that things Dhibiritated and Generari switched off the internet. It could be your first port of call!

@simztee: Mukuru kuisa VPN ndiri kuita $3 kana masvika,,, ndobatika pacorner paAngwa.

@NyoniEdwin: Who are you writing to after putting an off switch to the internet

@marvegove: Mr. President I hope you have downloaded a working VPN, when you get back here no more tweeting and facebooking.

@kudzaitinago: We don’t have internet, how are we suppose to see this message??

@takuNyandoro: We can’t see it. Our internet is blocked😂😂😂😂

@TheVHM: Meanwhile he tweets (for likes)

@takuNyandoro: With an iPhone too

@PrinceLarry_24: Mogara ma downloader VPN Mr President kuno hakuna network

@TawawekwaKaseke: Telegram ndiyo ine yese Comrade President.

@African2244: Hope your aides have a VPN installed in your mobile.

@dorc_savage: Mr President social media platforms akavharwa mheno kuti murikuudza ani

@c_madhuve: We are using internet on black market.Very expensive so we cannot read this sir

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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