“Poverty Is A Choice” - Lee Ann Bernard Sparks Controversy With ‘Insensitive’

Former news anchor for national broadcaster ZBC, Lee Ann Bernard sparked controversy on social media after declaring that poverty is a choice. 

Lee Ann insisted that all citizens have access to the same 24 hours in a day and implied that some people may be poor because they misuse their time.

The issue started when an account allegedly belonging to former President Robert Mugabe’s son Chatunga Bellarmine spoke out against mocking people who are struggling. Writing on Twitter, the Chatunga account, which has over 64,000 followers wrote,

“Being broke is a mindset” statement iri is bullshit. I’ve seen some hustlers who try very hard but zvichitoramba if you are privileged enough to get connections you don’t have to mock varikuedza or put unnecessary pressure

The statement was seemingly directed at gospel rapper Mudiwa Hood. Lee Ann responded to the post by saying that poverty is a choice because everyone has 24 hours to be productive. The former ZBC news anchor wrote, Poverty is a choice, we All have 24 hours in a day, it is what you choose to do with it that differs.
“Poverty Is A Choice” - Lee Ann Bernard Sparks Controversy With ‘Insensitive’
“Poverty Is A Choice” - Lee Ann Bernard Sparks Controversy With ‘Insensitive’
This statement did not go down well with many people who accused Bernard of being arrogant and insensitive. Some accused her of benefitting from corruption due to her access to people in high offices.

Below are some of the reactions from social media users to Lee Ann Bernard’s sentiments.

In a later post, Lee Ann said that she is owed an apology arguing that she is paid to gaslight people.

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