Opinion Editorial-The Bulawayo Dog bite Victim&The Power of Social Media
“Guess who has come home for dinner“….tweeted Hon Raj Modi on his Twitter page rhetorically as he announced the heroic return of Cherish Muchegwa after three months of treatment in India.Hon Modi’s Twitter page boasts of almost 12000 followers. She went to India on a wheelchair and came back on her feet. Such is the heart touching story of Cherish Muchegwa-a Bulawayo woman who was mauled by her landlady’s five vicious dogs sometime in March this year.
.Malala Yousafzai a Pakistan activist and the youngest Noble Peace Prize recipient once stated: “what is interesting is the power of social media-so we must try to use it in a good way”.Such a quote seems to summarise events of the past few months from the moment she had been told by he doctors that she could never walk again after the vicious attack up until her three months in India’s Kiran Hospital where she sought treatment. The man behind the #SaveCherish campaign is non-other than deputy Minister of Industry and Trade and Bulawayo South Mp Hon Raj Modi whom this publication named Nhandemutande Minister of the month of June 2019. This being attributed to his whole-hearted dedicated campaign to save cherish through mobilising and fundraising for her treatment in India on his twitter page.
From the day the doctors told Cherish Muchegwa of the possibility of her never walking again-as proven by a cable of tweets on his Twitter wall-Hon Modi became even more determined to get Cherish to fully recover again and went on a persistent Twitter drive to drum-up resources from fundraising car washes to donations from well-wishers and even digging deeper into into his pocket to ensure that she could walk again. Announcing the success of his Twitter campaign to his followers Hon Modi tweeted “Cherish has come home.#SaveCherish is hereby suspended indefinitely”
A delegation of 50 Members from the Abundant Life Revival Mission Church who were allowed into the airport’s tarmac area, burst into praise and worship songs as Ms Muchegwa and her husband disembarked from an Air Zimbabwe plane. Cde Modi who is a renowned Philanthropist was quoted by the Chronicle saying “I am happy to see her walk. I want to thank everyone who chipped in to help her because without your support we could not be celebrating her walking today,” Social media platform can be utilised to drive impact, development and our country definitely needs more Raj Modi’s and to conclude in the words of Ronhall, “Together we can change the world, just one act of kindness at a time”.
The writer Mr Fungayi Sox is the Co-Founder and Editor at Nhandemutande Media-a Certified media consultancy firm with a special interest on Zimbabwe’s Social media landscape. He writes in his personal capacity and he can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org