Zimpapers Talk Radio’s Impartiality Threatened
Prospective broadcaster, ZimPapers Talk Radio’s
impartiality has been thrown into further doubt after it emerged two of the
newspaper concern’s most prominent broadcasting licence bidders are aspiring
Zanu (PF) MPs in two Masvingo constituencies.
Medical practitioner Paul Chimedza, who is ZimPapers board chairman, is a
Zanu (PF) front runner in the race to succeed the late Movement for
Democratic Change (MDC-T) legislator and Public Service Minister Eliphas
Mukonoweshuro in the Gutu South constituency while Reserve Bank Governor
Gideon Gono’s advisor, Munyaradzi Kereke, another ZimPapers board member is
eyeing Bikita West.
Kereke will battle it out in the Zanu (P)F primaries with former lawmaker
and retired army officer, Colonel Claudius Makova. Kereke and Makova are
involved in a fierce factional fight for the control of the party in the
During a Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe hearing on shortlisted radio
stations in Harare on Thursday, the two anchored a fierce bid for ZimPapers
to be awarded one of the two free to air commercial radio stations being
offered by the BAZ.
Both claimed the station would shun the traditionally biased coverage of
news towards President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF) as is now synonymous with
papers under the stable.
Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa)-Zimbabwe director Nhlanhla Ngwenya
said two’s political background will further compromise the genuineness of
their claims ZimPapers was bringing on to the market, a brand that is
different from the stable’s print division.
“This is a reflection of why we are being fed on by the ZimPapers and my
fear is the propaganda empire is going to be expanded should they get a
licence,” said Ngwenya.
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