Zim Media Commission Entangled In Financial And Logistical Problems

The workshop was scheduled to begin on May 13.

According to The Standard, the commissioners were allegedly divided on the hiring of Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu, his Permanent Secretary George Charamba and Attorney- General Johannes Tomana and University of Zimbabwe ’s law lecturer, Professor Geoff Feltoe. Commissioners with Zanu (PF) linkages are allegedly backing the Shamu team.

A committee headed by the ZMC Chairperson, Godfrey Majonga and deputised by Commissioner Matthew Takaona has been set up to look into the matter of resource persons.

The workshop was, among other things, supposed to include a board meeting that would allow the commissioners to look into the applications submitted by mass media houses seeking licenses.  This postponement is feared to result in further delays in the licensing of new and old newspapers.

It is alleged that the commission unanimously agreed that the first operating license would be granted to the banned Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe following the recommendations of a special commission led by the late Chinondidyachii Mararike after a High Court judgment which compelled government to deal with the ANZ case in 2007.

The ZMC’s operational problems were largely due to the fact that  it still has not received its 2010 National budget allocation of US$ 47 000.

The ZMC is yet to license new media houses since it was officially appointed in February.