When religious beliefs clash with journalism principles- The background


Prophecy is one of the cornerstones of our church but my journalism gut feeling, at times, made me question the prophecy. I was not supposed to. But, I could not help it. Mugabe had just won a six-year term that would see him in office up to 2008. Bush and Howard were facing elections the following year. Blair was going to the polls in 2005.

Mugabe was facing a crucial party congress in 2004 at which everyone expected him to step down at least from the party but he had to remain Head of State until 2008. He could not hand over power to his deputy, or someone else. The country’s constitution did not allow this. Anyone who took over from Mugabe, if not elected, could only act as president for 90 days after which he or she had to call an election.

The problem was that Mugabe had also become very unpopular. His worst enemy was the economy. It was in shambles. The country had no fuel, no cash, and no food.

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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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