By Sij Ncube
Bulawayo, October 8, 2013 – Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) executive director Takura Zhangazha has quit the media self-regulatory body amid speculation that he will now devote his time and efforts in strengthening the newly formed National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) political party led by University of Zimbabwe law lecturer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku.
Zhangazha, a dedicated media and human rights campaigner tendered his resignation from the respected media self-regulatory body this week after serving it for more than two years. The former student leader who once worked as the director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe chapter joined VMCZ in February 2011 oversaw the tremendous establishment of the self-regulatory body in enhancing media freedom and freedom of expression during his tenure.
Alec Muchadehama, the VMCZ chairperson on Tuesday confirmed Zhangazha’s resignation.
“The VMCZ Board advises members that Mr. Takura Zhangazha has tendered his resignation from the post of Executive Director of the organization. He informed the Board that due to his pursuit of other interests, he is unable to continue serving in the same capacity of Executive Director of the VMCZ. His resignation is effective on 30 November 2013,” Muchadehama in a statement released Tuesday.
Muchadehama added that the VMCZ board had accepted his resignation and wishes him well in his future endeavors.
Zhangazha was recently listed as one of the NCA’s taskforce member which will lead the new political party after the constitutional reform body transforming into a political party to contest the 2018 elections.
Zhangazha told Radio VOP that he was elated to have left VMCZ after achieving much for the media regulatory body.
“It’s now stable and a recognized organisation supported by the media and is nobble work in progress and a great departure point for the media to demonstrate democratic self-regulatory responsibility in the public interest,” said Zhangazha.
During his tenure, the former student leader led media practitioners in raising ethical questions over the establishment of the state-run media council set up in terms of some provisions of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) saying it will fail to address media concerns due to its links with the government.
The media practitioners charged that the Zimbabwe Media Commission’s statutory council was undemocratic and not in the best interest of the media.