Plight of state media under the spotlight

By Wellington Makonese

PARLIAMENTARY proceedings this Tuesday brought to the fore the state of the media in the country, highlighting the need for capacitating the entities to effectively deliver their mandate.

The sitting, which coincided with the International Women’s Day, started on a heated note, with Honourable Tatenda Mavetera criticising Honourable Temba Mliswa for undermining the role of female legislators in the August House.

“We have been making a lot of noise about women empowerment issues over the years, and it is quite disrespectful for him to say we do not contribute anything meaningful. He should withdraw his statement,” said Hon. Mavetera.

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services gave a report on media performance during the COVID-19 period, recommending state media to be capacitated to effectively deliver its mandate.

“One of the issues relates to warehousing ZBC legacy debt. Also transmedia should invest in accessibility and digitalise. We also found out that ZMC accreditation is taking too long, which needs to be sped up. We also recommend that BAZ reduce radio bandwidth so that people in localities can be able to get access within their rich,” said the committee.

With the government opening up the airwaves, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development was also encouraged to ensure media houses have access to foreign currency to acquire modern equipment.