Ex-ZBC top manager appointed violence inquiry commission’s spokesperson

VETERAN broadcaster and former ZBC Radio Services general manager,
John Masuku has been appointed spokesperson of the Kgalema Motlanthe
chaired Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 political disturbances
in Harare.

Masuku, who now heads an Internet based multi-media entity that
promotes access to information, landed the job after he came out tops
during recent interviews which were held to find a spokesperson.

The probe team began presiding over hearings from witnesses’ last month with plans to complete the task in 90 days.

It has however gone without staff dedicated towards handling its
media affairs at a time a lot of spotlight has been directed at its

Masuku said he was excited by the appointment.

“I am very excited to be the spokesperson of such a group of eminent
persons who include a former state President, Secretary General of the
Commonwealth, army commander as well top legal and political minds. I
look forward to creating a better understanding of the mandate and work
of the commission of inquiry into a highly sensitive post-election
issue,” he said.

The seven member probe team into the country’s most violent electoral
episode in 10 years was appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to
look into the causes and further come up with recommendations on the

Six civilians were killed allegedly by soldiers who were deployed
into the city centre to quell wild demonstrations by pro-MDC protesters
angered by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s slow announcement of the
july 30 election results.

Trained in broadcasting and media management at BBC in the UK and
Deutsche Welle in Germany, Masuku also holds a BSc Honours degree in
Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe, an MPhil in
Journalism from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and a diploma
in Marketing from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry among
other qualifications.

In 2013 he was awarded a Press Freedom prize for promoting freedom of expression.