THE National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) has written to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) to register its concern over the alleged abuse of the State broadcaster by First Lady Grace Mugabe and Zanu PF.
BY OBEY MANAYITI
NCA said it was uncalled for, for ZBC to continue giving uncensored coverage to Mugabe, who in most cases would allegedly be spewing venom at others.
“We write to you to register our unreserved concern over your spirited and continued effort in investing towards biased broadcasting. As NCA, we have observed for some time your unprofessional coverage and abuse of the national broadcaster ZTV to further the interests of Zanu PF,” Madock Chivasa, party spokesperson, said in a letter written to ZBC dated November 24.
“We are most concerned about the uncensored coverage of First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rallies.”
He added: “We continuously question the relevance of ZBC coverage of such insignificant and divisive political gatherings. It is in the public interest that NCA party is requesting you to disclose the costs incurred by ZBC when covering Zanu PF gatherings. How much does Zanu PF pay to get uncensored coverage by ZBC of its rallies?”
The NCA threatened to approach the courts to force ZBC to reveal if it was not abusing taxpayers’ money by giving live coverage to Grace’s events.
“NCA party is also urging you to stop broadcasting Zanu PF gatherings if you are not in a position to give the same coverage to other political parties in Zimbabwe. Failure to comply with this demand will result in a massive national campaign by NCA party to denounce the national broadcaster and to urge citizens to stop paying ZBC licences,” Chivasa said.
Opposition parties in Zimbabwe have been crying foul over the conduct of the sole broadcaster which has been accused of unfair coverage and propagating Zanu PF propaganda.
ZBC spokesperson Gladman Bandama was not reachable yesterday.