Outspoken investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has urged young people to use their data on meaningful things and not waste it on watching Prophet Passion Java’s video.
Java, who has become popular in Zimbabwe, commands a huge following from young people, physically and online.
The flamboyant preacher who has an amazing eye for fashion has also found favour with President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
However, in an interview on The Week with Comrade Fatso, Chin’ono said youths should be called out for wasting money on Java.
‘’The youth have power to stop certain things that they are doing. So, if the youth are engaged in buying data to go and watch Java for one hour, the youth must be called out because that is money they could have used for other meaningful things.
‘’I don’t think we should massage their egos by saying we can’t criticise them because they are victims of a corrupt political system. Of course, they are victims of that political corrupt system, but they don’t resolve that victimhood by buying data and then spending two hours watching Java. They could have bought that data and used it for other meaningful things.
Youths don’t know what it means to be normal
‘’What really hurts me about what is happening in Zimbabwe, is that we are creating a society where the youths don’t know what it means to be normal anymore. So, a youth that was born in 2000, doesn’t know that in Glen Norah there used to be water anytime of the day. You could just go and get water from the tape, clean drinking water.
‘’Youth even here in Chisipite, it’s an affluent neighbourhood, youth in Borrowdale an affluent neighbourhood, youths in Avondale its an affluent neighbourhood are going to get water from manual boreholes that is abnormal and so for that we criticise the government.
But when they then start spending their money watching live videos of people like Java, the right thing to do is just like a child there is a time to give them that look that tells them this is wrong I should not be doing this and a there is a time to cuddle a child and show them love,’’ he said
Hopewell Chin’ono: Don’t waste data watching Passion Java’s videos