Tsvangirai Wants Zuma To Adress Media Reforms

Zuma is the Southern African Development Community (SADC) appointed negotiator to the Zimbabwean political problem.

“Mugabe must do something because it’s his ministers who are defying agreed reforms,” Tsvangirai told Radio VOP in an interview at his Strathaven home last week.

Tsvangirai was referring to the refusal by Minister of Information and Publicity Webster Shamu to implement fully agreed media reforms under the Global Political Agreement (GPA).

President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai and leader of the smaller MDC party Arthur Mutambara agreed to re-constitute the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board as well as those of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Mass Media Trust and Zimpapers.

“We will take it up again within the political structures especially when president Zuma comes and say this is what we agreed but the people in Zanu (PF) are defying reform,” he said.
“Media freedom is not an option, I don’t think we can achieve a society which is robust without freedom of expression and access to information because information is power. We can’t even move forward without media freedom.”

“Inspite of the fact that I am Prime Minister and I am part of government I am target for vilification and accusations. These people are not ashamed because they know that if we portray the Prime Minister in a certain light, they are advancing their own causes,” he said.

“So that’s why you see it’s a natural reaction by people who know that if they give people too much freedom they will lose power.”

His Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) party will ensure that freedom of expression is included in the country’s new constitution.