Opinion: Fred M’membe and Plagiarism

Intellectual property is the bedrock of invention. Individuals are blessed with different talents through which they process their thoughts to contribute to development to society but there are some cunning characters who prey on other people’s intellect.

Those characters wait for others to think, invent and they pounce on those ideas or thoughts to portray them as though it is their own. This, it seems, is the character of Post Newspaper editor Fred M’membe. It’s actually a serious offense to steal another’s work without due credit. But M’membe finds nothing wrong. He alone deserves the honour and praise.

But this man is not ashamed to plagiarise, to publish another author’s arguments without due credit. Why? Because he wants to get the credit for something he has not done, for the work that is not his own.