Information minister has five days to reform media boards

The deadline given to Minister of Information Webster Shamu, to reform the executive boards of three key media institutions, is less than week away yet there is no sign on the ground that he intends to comply with the order from the three principals.

Webster Shamu
Webster Shamu

It has been over two weeks since Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai told journalists that it had been agreed at a weekly meeting with Robert Mugabe and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara that the boards of the Mass Media Trust, the Broadcasting Authority and ZBC should be reconstituted.

Tsvangirai said the task had been assigned to Shamu, along with a March 12th deadline to implement the agreed media reforms. Shamu, who simply ignored a previous order to reconstitute the boards, was not made to account for it and it appears he intends to ignore the orders a second time.

Shortly after Tsvangirai’s announcement, Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba confused matters by denying that any such agreement had been made. Charamba insisted there was no issue, as the boards in question are legal and no reforms were necessary. SW radio Africa

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