Political opinion is free for all, including entertainers
Sportsmen and artists get cut down for having a view on what is happening in the country, but it is also their vocation
On June 30, the globe over, citizens commemorated World Social Media Day. Mostly, the celebrations were about how the social media networks have provided a platform to people – enabling people to connect instantly; share moments and emotions; mobilise communities for good; call out bad service; express frustrations and raise concerns about issues that matter.
With all its benefits, social media has shone a spotlight on a number of real-life challenges, among them bullying. I am not one to blame social media for the many ills of society. Instead, I observe its catalytic role in quickening certain abhorrent behaviours.
Back in 2009 and 2010, I had the honour and opportunity to be part of Dr Mvume Dandala’s team. I was responsible for communications – both during the election campaign for the Congress of the People and when he was the party’s leader in parliament. One of the common refrains from opposition party politicians whenever they failed to debate him was: “Moruti, why don’t you go back to the church, politics is not for priests?” Seemingly, this was their way of silencing his voice and ridiculing him based on his vocation. Dandala is a bishop and spent most of his life working in the church...