Kwelaz community radio board member and volunteer appear in court



Kwekwe, July 31, 2013 – Kwelaz community radio initiative board member

Eric Musesengwe and volunteer staffer Annie Maseko appeared in court

on 30 July 2013 charged with breaching section 7 of the Broadcasting

Services Act (BSA) and s.78(2)of the Access to Information and

Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) respectively.

Section 78 of AIPPA criminalises the practice of journalism without
accreditation, while section 7 of the BSA outlaws the aspect of
broadcasting without a license.

The duo was granted bail in the sum of $100 each and remanded to 15
August 2013.

These charges emanate from the earlier arrest and detention of citizen
journalist  Maseko on 26 July 2011 by members of Kwekwe CID law
and Order section, after the former was found interviewing locals on
their perception of the environment leading to the elections. The
police then proceeded to Radio Kwelaz offices where they took a number
of pre-recorded CD’s that the community radio produces for
distribution among its membership.

Maseko was detained for three hours and only released on condition
that she together with the community radio’s board members present
themselves to the CID, Law and Order section on the morning of 28 July

Meanwhile the police continue to hold on to the CD’s that they took
from the community radio station and a recorder which Maseko was using,
indicating that they want to listen and establish what the contents
are all about.

Zimbabwe, unlike its neighbouring countries like South Africa and Zambia, has not yet licenced a

single community radio station despiteall efforts exerted by MISA and ZACRAS

(Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations) which have fully prepared

different initiatives countrywide  including Kwelaz regarding how to 

set up and run the stations.

(Source: MISA Zimbabwe)