GOVERNMENT has roped in President Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona Mugabe-Chikore, into the new 11-member Censorship Board chaired by former Cabinet minister Aeneas Chigwedere.
The board, announced yesterday by Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo, has been mandated to regulate the media, particularly to gag social media platforms ahead of next year’s general elections. Other board members include national police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, Bulawayo Metropolitan provincial administrator Konzani Ncube, Catholic priest Father Fidelis Mukonori and Shingai Rukwata Ndoro. Chombo said the Constitution has a provision for the freedom of artistic expression, cultural beliefs and association and the same Constitution empowers the board of censors to ensure that these freedoms do not infringe on other people’s rights. The new board will be in office for the next five years and is composed of members from the Zimbabwe Republic Police, church organisations, traditional leaders, lawyers and accountants.