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It is pretty great that Betty Makoni has been nominated in the top ten of the CNN Heroes for this year (2009).
We need people with such high standing in civil society to be honoured.
Yet i am disturbed by some people who have come to me as the un-elected Prime Minister to say that Betty is under fire from some of the comrades from our very own country.
One journalist is actually said to have mentioned that Betty is riding on the back of the campaign she held for Taremeredzwa Mapungwana, the girl she helped raise money for medical expenses to the United Kingdom, in order to gain recognition.
I shall hasten to set the record straight.
It is a known fact that the nomination for the award was made by my good old media anthropologist friend Robert Mukondiwa.
I had a chat with the esteemed gentleman.
He sent in the nominations at the beginning of the year. It is on public record when the nominations closed.
Therefore, all those who allege that these two events, the nomination and the case of the poor little girl, are peddling hogwash.
It is sad that a culture of wanting to pull someone still abounds so ferociously amongst Zimbabweans.
Now they are peddling falsehoods against the girl from Makoni.
When Betty was raped, no-one stood up for her. When she was deprived, no one stood up for her. When she stood and dusted herself up from the rape scene, no one cared a tad. When she said ‘let us fight rape’ no one wanted to listen. When CNN said, ‘come let us honour you’ everyone said, ‘Oh no… she is riding on the back of an ill girl Taremeredzwa!’ For the record again, the two events are not related and people should stop lying. It makes for sad reading when i hear that even an esteemed writer as Wonder Guchu is trying to make this false link between the nomination of Betty for CNN in March and the efforts to help Tare just two months ago. Musadaro vanhu vangu. Tingaende kuma elections muchinyepa kudayi? Aita chake ndihombarume. Listen to the words of your Prime Minister. If you do not agree with someone being made into a hero, walk away. Do not try to throw muck at someone. If you throw shit the way of someone, remember there is shit leftover in your palms!
Faithfully-your honourable Premier

Betty Makoni

Betty Makoni

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