Zimbabwe Alert: Minister summoned over media reforms

The Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu, has been summoned to explain why he is not implementing envisaged media reforms as agreed to and ordered by the principals in Zimbabwe’s inclusive government.


Joram Nyathi, spokesperson for the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC), the committee tasked with the duty of fully implementing the Global Political Agreement (GPA), confirmed this development to the Daily News on 8 March 2012.

President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Professor Arthur Mutambara were recently reported as having ordered Shamu to immediately reconstitute the boards of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ), Zimbabwe Mass Media Trust and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings in line with a raft of other envisaged media reforms.

The Minister is still to comply with the order, prompting JOMIC to seek audience with Shamu to understand his position on the matter at hand.


Reconstitution of the BAZ board has been outstanding since September 2009 when the Minister appointed new board members to the broadcasting licensing authority. The three principals are on record affirming that the appointments in question were not done procedurally and that the matter should be revisited.

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