Informed sources said on Wednesday that President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai had chosen Muradzikwa, who was unceremoniously dismissed from his job at the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) after the first round of last year’s presidential elections, to chair the media body while former Daily News Editor Nqobile Nyathi will deputise Muradzikwa.
Former journalist and human rights lawyer Chris Mhike who came out tops during the interviews is among the commissioners.
The other commissioners include former journalist and Christian Alliance coordinator Useni Sibanda, journalist Miriam Madziwa, former state broadcaster who is now Danhiko Project deputy director Godfrey Majonga, former news caster, Millicent Mombeshora, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s divisional head-Special Projects and Strategic Planning, former journalist and Zimbabwe Union of Zimbabwe (ZUJ) President Mathew Takaona and former Zimbabwe Ambassador to China and ZANU PF apologist Chris Mutsvangwa.
Initially Mutsvangwa failed the interview but he was brought through the back door after the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties and ZANU PF agreed to horse trade candidates for the ZMC to suit ZANU PF’s interests.
Tsvangirai on Tuesday told journalists before leaving for Spain that he had agreed together with his coalition partners on who should sit on the ZMC that will spearhead media reforms but said there was “one legal point that President Mugabe wants addressed” before the commission is announced. He however did not elaborate on the legal point that Mugabe wants addressed.
Tsvangirai was however not happy with the new chair of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) Tafataona Mahoso, saying his appointment, and that of other media boards, announced recently by Information Minister Webster Shamu, were irregular. (Radio VOP)