ZBC refuses to flight Tsvangirai ad

HARARE - State broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has refused to flight two advertisements which show Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his wife Elizabeth calling on the people of Zimbabwe to vote for MDC on July 31.

Although MDC has paid in full for the advertisements, ZBC is yet to flight them in what the MDC says was blatant disregard of Electoral Act that guides political advertising during elections.

The two adverts in which Tsvangirai appears with his wife contain messages on what MDC will do when it forms the next government after winning the July 31 elections.

In her advert, Tsvangirai’s wife appears telling fellow Zimbabwean women that she is aware of their plight sending children to school and having food on the table, and that is why she was appealing to them to vote for her husband so that they can have a better life and real transformation.

In another advert, the couple is shown informing the people of Zimbabwe that they deserve more and that in the next MDC government everything will be possible.

Luke Tamborinyoka, Tsvangirai’s spokesperson, said ZBC TV’s reluctance to flight the advert while “devoting an entire day” to covering the Zanu PF campaign launch exposed the broadcaster’s double standards.

In an earlier letter to MDC, Tarzen Mandizvidza, ZBC general manager, acknowledges that statutory instrument 33, 2008 compels the public media to avail a platform for all political parties to advertise.

“We are now in the election period and we are guided by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) media coverage of elections regulations,” says the letter.

“The regulation requires us as a public broadcaster to allocate airtime equitably between the election period.”

Comments (1)

First stop ZBC on august 1 & we chasing away the whole managment team there, because they are very much unprofessional.

obama4eva - 29 July 2013

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