Zimbabwe Licences More Newspapers

ZMC chairperson Godfrey Majonga revealed to Radio VOP that the commission had just given the green light to seven publishers and will soon make a press statement announcing the names of the new publications to hit the streets of Zimbabwe.

“It is true we have given licenses to seven new publications and we are going to give the finer details of that issue later in the day,” said Majonga in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Radio VOP understands that of the seven publications that were given the green light by the Commission over the weekend, three are weekly newspapers with four others being magazines.

Journalist-cum businessman Supa Mandiwanzira is one of the publishers who got the license and he will be publishing a weekly paper to be called The Patriot.

In a surprise development early this, the Zimbabwe Media Commission announced that it had registered a new daily newspaper which will be called the National Daily and will be owned by the Boka family, whose father, Roger Boka died a few years ago.

Although the Zimbabwe Media Commission has issued operating licences to several print titles, the same cannot be said for the issuing of broadcasting media house, despite the Global Political Agreement which brought together the country’s t three major political parties, Zanu (PF) and the two factions of the MDC in 2008.

The state-run ZBC is the sole broadcaster in the country and because of its monopoly; it continues to serve only the interests of Zanu (PF) and its ageing leader, Robert Mugabe whose party lost to Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC in the last election in 2008.