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Daily Media Referendum Watch - Issue 02
The Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe
March 13, 2013
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PF voices get more coverage
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:
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.
“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,
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