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Editorial Comment: BAZ should justify its existence

Source: Editorial Comment: BAZ should justify its existence – NewsDay Zimbabwe May 15, 2019 Editorial Comment THAT the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has not issued a single licence to community radio stations for the past 20 years is not only disturbing, but raises questions as to the efficacy of this State-run organisation. Twenty years […]

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Source: Editorial Comment: BAZ should justify its existence – NewsDay Zimbabwe May 15, 2019

Editorial Comment

THAT the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has not issued a single licence to community radio stations for the past 20 years is not only disturbing, but raises questions as to the efficacy of this State-run organisation. Twenty years is too long a time for any organisation worth its salt to continue existing when it cannot allow communities to share their stories among themselves.

BAZ’s inaction regarding community radio licences has effectively exposed the rot in most State-owned enterprises which probably speaks to why most government policies and the Constitution have not been followed through to the letter. Many, especially investors, have complained of government’s policy inconsistencies, while non-implementation of policies has also been government’s Achilles heel.

Research has shown that corruption has been chief among the challenges government faces in implementing policies. And, in the case of BAZ, it would be most interesting to find out who could be corrupting BAZ so that it doesn’t fulfil its mandate. Our wild guess is that BAZ is most likely being corrupted by politicians who are wary of an informed and empowered people.

In Zimbabwe, we know that the majority of our communities are rural-based and their sources of information has, since time immemorial, been the politicians, community leaders and State-run radio stations. We are not surprised that, according to Amnesty International, the licencing fees are “prohibitive” while procedures are “onerous” to ostensibly “frustrate communities”, which has exposed BAZ’s “lack of impartiality and independence” especially “given an emerging pattern that all licences issued (so far since 2001) have been to State-owned companies or individuals linked to the ruling party”.

In the wake of the growing influence of the social media, we beseech BAZ to strive to be independent, impartial and resolute in speedily issuing radio licences to communities because through these stations communities are afforded the chance to discuss and debate current affairs that have a bearing on their lives. Presently, communities, especially those in rural areas, are the last to hear and know about developments in the country and across the globe.

We would also want to urge BAZ to recall the Cyclone Idai disaster, which we strongly believe had there been a community radio in the affected areas, effects of that tragedy could have been lessened. But most of the people who perished and those who survived had no clue what they were up against. The issue of Cyclone Idai could have been extensively debated on a community radio station with experts coming and offering well-meaning advice. But in the absence of a community radio, people relied on WhatApp, whose messages many dismissed as fake.

It is sad and tragic, in fact, that BAZ appears to be acting in a way to please some political whims when these community radios are now a critical need for our information-starved communities. There are so many benefits of these radio stations and the powers-that-be should stop being afraid of shadows.

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MDC mulls Tsvangirai school of ideology

Source: MDC mulls Tsvangirai school of ideology | Newsday (News) BY Garikai Mafirakureva The opposition MDC says it plans to introduce the Morgan Tsvangirai School of Ideology immediately after its elective congress slated for May 24 to 26. This was revealed by the party’s national organising secretary and MDC Alliance MP for Mkoba, Amos Chibaya […]

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Source: MDC mulls Tsvangirai school of ideology | Newsday (News)

BY Garikai Mafirakureva

The opposition MDC says it plans to introduce the Morgan Tsvangirai School of Ideology immediately after its elective congress slated for May 24 to 26.

This was revealed by the party’s national organising secretary and MDC Alliance MP for Mkoba, Amos Chibaya at a district congress held at Chiredzi Town House on Sunday.

The congress, which was meant to elect the district leadership failed to take place, because the wards in attendance failed to make a quorum. Only 10 out of 13 wards showed up after a bungle by the district party leadership in communicating the date of the event.

Chiredzi West has been a problem child for the opposition party for a long time now, leading to more than 10 party members standing as independents in the July 30, 2018 harmonised elections in both parliamentary and local government elections.

Addressing party members, Chibaya said his party is going to introduce the Morgan Tsvangirai School of Ideology in honour of the late trade unionist, leader and founder of the MDC. Tsvangirai died on February 14 last year, after succumbing to cancer of the colony.

“As soon as the congress is over, we are going to introduce Morgan Tsvangirai School of Ideology in honour of our late founding father. The first group to attend will be the party’s national council members, followed by the provincial leadership until we reach the branches.

“We want to educate our members on the party ideology. We want our members to understand our position on certain political issues. They should also understand our position on the land policy, which is misconstrued in various circles, (including) Zanu PF, in a bid to tarnish our party.

“As a party, we are saying land to the people, not to the politicians. So we are going to roll out the programme starting in June. We are going to reach out to everyone in our party until we reach the grassroots,” Chibaya said.

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