Makoni said the granting of Zimpapers and the Supa Mandiwanzira led AB Communications radio broadcasting licences by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) was aimed at reinforcing Zanu-PF propaganda machinery.
“No one is surprised by that development. The outcome was entirely predictable right from the beginning. It confirms what all of us have been suspecting. The intention is to reinforce the propaganda machinery around Zanu-PF”, said Makoni.
Zimpapers has for long been accused by some political players of being biased towards Zanu-PF and for promoting hate speech through its various newspaper titles. On the other hand AB Communications owner, Mandiwanzira is a known Zanu PF member.
He was recently introduced at a Zanu-PF rally in Nyanga North as a potential parliamentary candidate for the party.
“Subject to the number of licences available, the applicants who scored the highest number of points were deemed to be the winners of the licences,” said Mahoso while announcing the winning two radio companies.
“The two short-listed applicants who scored the highest number of points were therefore deemed to be the applicants to be issued with the two licenses.
On the basis of the total points scored by the applicants, AB Communications and Zimpapers, having complied with the Qualification Process as prescribed by law and having scored the highest number of points in terms of the objectives of the Act in the selection process are deemed to be the winners of the two licenses for the provision of free to air national commercial radio broadcasting services.”
Mahoso said BAZ will soon call for applications for fourteen commercial radio licenses for 14 urban areas.
Four media companies were vying for the radio licenses including Radio VOP.