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Title: An investigation on the role played By baba Jukwa in providing a platform for political discourses prior to the 2013 harmonised elections in Zimbabwe.
Authors: Muzamindo, Tatenda K
Keywords: Elections
Social media
Political affiliation
Information sharing and access
Issue Date: May-2015
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: This research is a textual analysis of the 2013 harmonised election discourses that happened on Baba Jukwa’s Facebook page with the main objective being to garner the deliberative democracy enabled by the site type of deliberations in the virtual public sphere. The other objective was to look into how the citizens received the whistle blower’s site and information. The rationale of this study is based on the conclusion that online media are an alternative public sphere, free from market and political pressures and that they subsequently form the fifth estate. The fifth estate has allowed the free exchange of information and ideas amongst an audience, where they are now also able to provide openly convey their opinions to the state. In this research it emerged that Baba Jukwa embraced diversity of opinion and the site accorded opportunities to various voices drawn from different spheres. The deliberations were logical and expository in that Baba Jukwa had access to the information that was kept secretly by Zanu PF. The research shows that despite this critical and rational debate on issues of public interest, the discourses were largely determined by Baba Jukwa’s ideological standpoint and political affiliation. Therefore, this research recommends that the virtual sphere be utilised to effect political change through blowing the whistle on wrong doings in different institutions including the government.
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