The only issue The Herald Online found worth reporting in President Robert Mugabe's independence speech was the "warning" to MDC-T against illegal and violent protests.
While some may see it as an attempt to intimidate the party, others would say it was honest reporting, because fear of MDC-T mass protests was the only news in Mugabe's speech; the rest was same old and meaningless promises.
This should therefore encourage the MDC-T to go ahead with the protests and not fear persecution, nor failure, particularly as they are planning peaceful protests, which President Mugabe acknowledged are allowed by law.
Although we are not actually privy to what MDC-T national executive member, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo said, judging by what was reported on the Zimbabwe Mail yesterday, the former Minister was off-message when he said that the MDC-T is not capable of dethroning the ruling Zanu -PF and its leader President Robert Mugabe.
The party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has already made a rallying call for Zimbabwean to democratically and lawfully seek to remove Zanu (PF) which is leading the country down another precipice after being rescued by the MDC-T when it was in government in in 2008-2013. MDC youths have already announced that they are taking up the challenge
Zimbabweans’ hopes to celebrate this year's independence with more than just empty slogans of a liberation betrayed have already given way to a cynicism epitomised by a crude joke doing the rounds on What's Up. Bob Marley sings Zimbabwe at Independence
While the MDC-T has now put its house in order and is now moving to take on Zanu (PF) head-on, Zanu (PF) is still in disarray, with no prospect of resolving its factional problems that are threatening to explode, and which have been worsened by Robert Mugabe's declaration that the Presidency is open to anyone. Today at Kuwadzana: the party retains the support of its core members and can mobilise its structures at a moment's notice.
The Mliswa/Rautenbach case which claims to expose corruption in high places in Zanu (PF) is actually masking the real deal that was exposed as far back as four years ago - how the government sold mineral rights to Billy Rautenbach to finance Zanu (PF)'s violent 2008 election.campaign.