Makoni, who was accompanied by his party Spokesperson, Evans Sagomba and Harare Province Spokesperson, Malcom Mandangu, said he wanted to interact and exchange views with various institutions under the “Conversation with Simba” programme.
During the visit Makoni shared The Zimbabwean’s operational experiences from its inception in 2006 to date.
“The aim of my visit is to get firsthand views of how respective media houses operate and the challenges faced,” said Makoni.
Makoni said though he was not in a position to assist media houses overcome problems, it was important for him to interact with the media outside the election season.
The former finance minister appreciated the role played by The Zimbabwean in reflecting voices of the marginalised.
He however expressed concern at the “lowering” of journalism standards in the country due to the restrictive environment.
Makoni said the media would serve best interests of the nation if they covered more about the common people’s lives than the elite, the urban and sensational issues.
Every first Wednesday of the month Makoni interacts with journalists at his party offices in Harare.
He also regularly exchanges views with the public at social events such as golf tournaments, church services and the Media Press Club among other gatherings.Post published in: News