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with Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Publicity Jameson
September 08, 2009
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what way do you think the appointment of President Joseph Kabila
to the SADC Chairmanship will affect the implementation of the Global
I don't see how it would affect the implementation of the
Political Agreement. The Chairmanship of SADC is rotational,
and SADC as a body works as a collective. So whoever is the Chairperson
does not in any way impact on the implementation of the Agreement.
is the current progress on media reforms?
Currently we are going through a process of reviewing the various
recommendations that have come up from stakeholders, with the intention
of reviewing the laws governing the media in this country.
a chance that legislation like AIPPA, POSA
and BAZ will be repealed or rewritten?
There's an excellent chance that there will be a repeal of
and there will be an amendment of BAZ.
is there a delay in the appointment of members to the Zimbabwe Media
The Zimbabwe Media Commission, as you are aware, is a Constitutional
body. Their appointment is determined by processes outside this
Ministry. These are processes, which are determined by the legislature.
To the best of my knowledge, the legislature has completed that
exercise, and has since submitted the names to the President and
the Prime Minister, who in terms of Constitutional
Amendment 19 now have to agree on each of the individuals that
would have been proposed and thereafter formalize the appointments.
is your opinion of the media surrounding the selection of candidates
to the Media Commission saying that it was a partisan process?
I would want to start by saying that this is the first time that
we have walked this road; we have never walked this road before.
Independent Constitutional Commissions were in essence introduced
by Constitutional Amendment number 19. We'd never done a process
of how do you get to appoint such persons. I would like to commend
the Standing Rules and Orders Committee of Parliament, for at least
initiating a process that in my view gave an opportunity to whoever
wanted to be considered for that position to apply. In an environment
like ours, which to a very large extent is polarized, you are likely
to get accusations of partisanship from various quarters. But I
want to say that look, as a start, and as a beginning, it was a
believe that we will achieve an independent media environment or
will the reforms result in a partly independent media?
Media reform is a process, and above all in my view it is a set
of attitudes. It goes beyond the law. It is an appreciation as an
individual either as a recipient or a distributor of information.
You have to be convinced in your heart and your mind that you have
the freedom to speak. And if you are a receiver you also have to
convince yourself in your mind and in your heart that you have got
freedom to receive that information and you will make choices as
a result of the information that you have received. So I believe
in my view that achieving media freedom in this country is not going
to be an event, but a process.
GNU has been accused of dragging its feet in terms of media reforms.
Do you think there is a lack of political will from ZANU PF?
Let me start by saying that the question of media reform is specified
in the Global Political Agreement signed by the parties. In addition
to that, the process of media reform is a government program in
terms of it having been adopted under STERP. So whether the MDC
likes it or ZANU-PF likes it we're going to go through a process
of media reform in this country.
and artist Viomak has started a campaign to have all MDC GNU politicians
disclose their personal assets to try and get them to be accountable
to the people. Have you heard of this campaign? What is your opinion
I've not heard of the campaign, but I'm not averse to
it. I think it's an excellent idea. Currently now there is
a provision, within parliament, that parliament can actually ask
members to disclose their personal assets and I think it is a good
as a member of the MDC, and also as a resident of Harare, how do
you feel about the Harare City Council spending 353 000 US on luxury
vehicles, versus spending the same amount on water treatment chemicals
which are badly needed?
I believe that whether we are at Central Government, or we are at
Local Government, we need to be able to set our priorities right
and do those things that we were elected to do before we consider
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Date: September 08, 2009
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