No Mr Takaona you can’t thrive on throwing punches on the dead…The dead can’t sue!!


I read with interest your opinion…whatever you want to call it…on corruption..Zinara and in the process dragging and questioning the late Augustine Moyo’s wealth.
In short you are saying and alleging that Augustine could have amassed his wealth through hook and crook means via the Zinara corruption saga.
It is sad that a journalist of your calibre awaits until someone cannot defend himself then you attack and accuse him of all sorts of shenanigans.
It is indeed shocking that a Publisher of your stature accuses journalists of throwing a blind eye to corruption yet you have journalists and acres of space where you can publish and expose the rot in the system.

The Zimbabwe National Road Authority (ZINARA) is a corrupt monster. That is an undeniable fact— This remains true and I for one have done a lot to expose the rot there but it is just unfair, cowardice and unethical to then link the dead to the rot when they cannot defend themselves.
Who will now speak for Augustine when he lies lifeless in the coffin?
Who will assist him get the right of response when allegations are being leveled against him?
No Mr Takaona you had time and space to carryout an investigation while this youngman was alive.
You have the technical knowhow to do so but not when the subject is dead.
I am not defending Augustine and his wealth. I am against attacking a dead body without the right of response.
I am against cowardice. I am against unfairness. I am against rising to the occassion when you know noone will respond.
I am speaking for Augustine. I will continue to speak for other Augustines who may be attacked in the future without being given a right to be heard. I am speaking for the journalism ethics. I am speaking for justice.

Augustine’s lifestyle should have long raised questions about ZINARA because that is where he worked. Investigative journalists should have moved in long before the auditors–You are on point but a little too late. Were you in a comma when Augustine was alive? Was your publication, which also has the mandate to speak truth to power, in a slumber when Augustine could still breath?
No Mr Takaona the dead can’t speak. Let them rest.
You missed an opportunity which you can never rewind. Let those mourning their friend do so. This should be a wake up call to play your duty and expose the corruption while the culprits can still give you their side of the story.

At your funeral we will not speak of how you acquired your printing press but how the journalism fratenity would have lost a doyen.
For now focus is on those still around.
For Augustine it is the end. He cannot sue..He cannot respond…He cannot defend himself.

I write in my personal capacity as Elias Mambo.


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