MDC pushes for Parly TV, radio coverage

HARARE - Nelson Chamisa, the Kuwadzana East MDC MP, yesterday tabled a motion in Parliament pushing for radio and television coverage of parliamentary proceedings.

The motion was seconded by James Maridadi, the Mabvuku-Tafara MDC MP.

The motion calls “upon the executive to ensure and dedicate  a television channel  to the coverage of live and recorded Parliamentary proceedings is established”.

The motion also seeks to ensure that a radio channel which will provide live coverage in all languages, of all parliamentary proceedings, is set up and that airtime or broadcast time be set aside for parliamentary debates and proceedings.

Chamisa wants Parliament to provide adequate resources and equipment for quality recordings of all parliamentary proceedings and its committees.

The former ICT minister said he was overawed by  the sporadic and inadequate coverage of Parliamentary proceedings by the public broadcaster.

The air and radio waves have long been controlled by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, which is loyal to the ruling Zanu PF.

Chamisa said he was concerned by the  inconsistent and irregular coverage of important national and public issues.

He said this was unacceptable in an information society and knowledge dispensation and the motion was “desirous of deepening and widening our democracy in pursuit of transparency, openness and ccountability.”

He said Zimbabwe’s Constitution dictates that the State must provide access to information.

Chamisa said Zimbabwe was lagging behind other countries that have channels dedicated to provide coverage of live and recorded proceedings from  Parliament.

Arguments on the motion is likely to rest on the medium’s capacity both to involve the public in making politicians accountable and to involve politicians in making the public interested.

Comments (5)

I thot MDC is pushing fo a party radio and TV station. Surely where on earth do u think zpf will accept coverage of parly business where old zpf mps will be dosing. kkkkkkkk.

Chirima - 7 February 2014

Parliament is a place to sleep and claim allowances..this will not pass. Its just a voluble somebody making a fool of everyone including self..And elephants will cycle the length and breadth of this great country, while pigs will learn to fly and fish will start building nests in trees.

gutter poet - 7 February 2014

I think that is a good idea so that the generality of zimbabweans can get primary information and will be informed of the goings on in parly. This will also cause MPs to think twice before saying something just for the sake of saying knowing well that the world is listening/seeing.

Robsugar - 7 February 2014

Bvisai corrruption yanetsa mugovernment mozoisa ma tv stations later , discuss ways of stopping corruption in paliament .

vanotidako - 8 February 2014

we hv watched a lot of rubbish on ztv, parliamentary debates will be the worst rubbish ever. keep us away from the chinotimbas and chamisas pathetic ztv!

manqoba mamamela - 12 February 2014

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