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  • Daily Media Referendum Watch - Issue 02
    The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
    March 13, 2013

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    ZANU PF voices get more coverage

    ZBC promoted campaigns by Copac and ZANU PF for Zimbabweans to vote for the draft constitution in the referendum in the five reports it carried on the issue.

    But the station ignored similar calls by other coalition parties and those campaigning against the adoption of the draft such as the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA).

    Among the senior ZANU PF officials reported commenting about the draft were Vice-President Joice Mujuru and the party’s national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo (ZTV, 11/3, 8pm).

    Khaya Moyo was reported addressing ZANU PF members at Davies Hall in Bulawayo at the weekend, where he “took time to touch on aspects of the draft constitution”, while Mujuru reportedly said:

    “As the country heads towards the referendum and elections, the people should not lose sight of the sacrifices that Cde Nkomo and other heroes made to liberate the country” (ZTV, 11/3, 8pm). Mujuru’s statements were contained in a speech read on her behalf by Moyo, consoling Gogo MaDube, mother of the late Vice-President John Nkomo.

    While ZBC censored the MDC-T’s campaign activities, those of the other MDC group, led by Industry Minister Welshman Ncube, was only mentioned in the context of remarks by Zimbabwe Development Party president Kisnot Mukwazhe justifying the party’s withdrawal from Copac’s awareness programme on the draft during ZTV’s current Affairs programme, The Referendum.

    Said Mukwazhe: “I think they did the right thing, to withdraw as a way of raising a concern as they are supported throughout the country and it was not fair to only include them in two of the countries’ provinces”. The private electronic media carried two reports on the MDC-T’s ‘Vote Yes’ campaign and the NCA’s resolve to mobilize Zimbabweans to ‘Vote No’ (ZiFM, 11/3).

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