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Minister disregard President and Premier's directive to regularize
BAZ board appointment
Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS)
December 16, 2011
of Media, Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu, disregarded
directives from President Robert Mugabe's office and Prime
Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, to reconstitute and regularise the appointment
of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.
the Zimbabwe Independent of 16-22 December 2011, Chief Secretary
to the President and Cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, wrote to Minister
Shamu on June 15 directing him to reconstitute the Broadcasting
Authority of Zimbabwe Board (BAZ) board, in line with an agreement
reached by the principals in their meeting on May 9.
requested to recommend twelve (12) nominees to the board for consideration
by the principals in terms of Section 4 of the BAZ Act. The nominees
should be conveyed at my office for onward transmission to the principals',
wrote Sibanda in his letter to Minister Shamu .
Minister Shamu ignored a letter from Prime Minister Tsvangirai in
November of 2009, which was ordering the Minister to dissolve the
current BAZ board.
Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) calls upon the
President of Zimbabwe and the Prime Minister to take corrective
measures to ensure the dissolution of the current BAZ board.
It is saddening
that since the formation of BAZ, no community radio station has
been licensed to broadcast. It is our conviction that the composition
of the current BAZ board is a stumbling block towards the true liberalisation
of Zimbabwe's airwaves .
awarding of licenses to Zimpapers' Talk radio and AB Communications,
it is inevitable for an average Zimbabwean to suspect that BAZ is
awarding licenses to their kith and kin. Therefore, having a properly
constituted BAZ will allay fears that licenses are being awarded
its call for the licensing of community radio stations. It is only
when communities have access to information and can freely express
themselves can their participation in governance issues be enhanced.
Increased community participation will augment communities'
social inclusiveness and also promote transparency and accountability.
is empty if nationals remain unfree. The legacy of a nation is in
the voices of the people. Do not choke us. Give us community radio
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