Sunday, 7 February 2010

[creative-radio] Zimbabwe: Radio Dialogue losing patience over licence delays


RT @mediamentor: #Radio Dialogue losing patience with GNU over licence
delays | The #Zimbabwe Situation

A Bulawayo based community radio initiative, Radio Dialogue has released a
press statement saying it is losing patience with government over its
failure to provide a broadcasting licence.

Speaking at a press conference held after the handover of the Radio
Dialogue constitutional report activities to the parliamentary select
committee(COPAC) on Saturday at Bulawayo Rainbow hotel, chairperson of the
Radio Dialogue Trust, Peter Zwide Khumalo said the inclusive government
has failed to liberate the media.

Khumalo said failure to provide radio licences is testimony that the
government cannot fulfill the Global Political Agreement.

"For five years now Radio Dialogue has been meeting with government on the
issue of community radio licensing," Khumalo told the conference, "The GPA
brought great hope that, at last, licences would be issued. For sixteen
months now the people of Bulawayo have been waiting the Inclusive
Government to fulfil its promises. But this has been in vain."

Khumalo was reiterating the words of the executive director of Radio
Dialogue Nigel Johnson who said the GPA is not working.

"Article 19 makes it clear that all licences , all applications will be
processed immediately," Johnson said, "This was signed by Robert Mugabe,
Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara. They all signed that they will
process applications immediately but it hasn't happened."

Khumalo also criticised the ministry of media, information and publicity
for its failure to constitute a legitimate broadcasting authority.He said
the ministry is in a state of confusion.

"The Minister unilaterally appointed members to BAZ," he said, "These
appointments were immediately rejected by the Deputy Minister and
subsequently by the Prime Minister."

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