Moyo fails to turn up

HARARE - Jonathan Moyo, minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services yesterday, failed to appear before a parliamentary portfolio committee to answer questions about the arrest of the Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi and realignment of media laws.

Moyo was invited by the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services parliamentary committee to give oral evidence. The lawmakers in the committee were disappointed by the non-appearance of Moyo at the scheduled hearing.

Zanu PF MP for Umzigwane William Dhewa, who chairs the portfolio committee, said they had received communication from the Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma that Moyo would not be pitching up.

“We were informed that the minister is not coming today as he has other engagements but we are still demanding that he appears before us and we expect him next week,” Dhewa told the Daily News.

Another member of the committee, James Maridadi, the MDC legislator for Mabvuku, said the MPs were looking forward to Moyo’s appearance before the committee.

He said there were a lot of issues happening in the media that the committee had a keen interest in.

“I am very disappointed that the minister did not come to explain the issue of Kudzayi, where he came from,” Maridadi said.

“We have information that he has no experience in journalism but in Information Communication Technology (ICT) yet he was made an editor of a state newspaper at the tender age of 28. I know what I am talking about because I am a journalist by profession and you cannot become an editor at such a young age.

Comments (6)

So these parliamentary portfolio committees have no teeth. They should borrow Suarez's. They just get abused and some dont bother showing up and those who do just stone wall them and nothing happens to them.

Galore 123 - 27 June 2014

Why would a whole committee want an explanation for the arrest of an individual. Kudzayi was arrested in his personal capacity and not that of Editor of the SM. It is also important to note that this is a case which is in the courts and the reasons for his arrest will be discussed in an open court where anyone can attend. Haeno kana ririo basa rePC.

Timothy Thorton - 27 June 2014

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boreholes - 27 June 2014

The real Baba Jukwa failing to turn up!!!!

Nhekairo - 27 June 2014

What has age to do with someone's capability to hold an office.Confused lot,nhasi moti Mugabe achembera pouya vechidiki moti tender age.

tendai chaminuka - 27 June 2014

For Mr Maridadi to say he is too young to be an editor is not only ageist but completely ignorant of the world today. Chembere dzacho dzaivapo dzakaitei that cannot be done by a 28year old. James you need to just find fact not kungoti just because someone studied journalism must be an editor. The complaint was never about age nor was it about incompetents but the issue here is about criminal activities that this young man is being accused. Is there a law that bars young people to get into higher office. Inga malema is now the leader of the third largest opposition party in South Africa. Did Tsvangirai your boss have any form of grade 7 to rule our country. But makuona sekuti Edmund is not properly educated as a jeornalist or editor. Maridari you claim to be a Christian I edge you to practice what you and fire your boss for his unfitness to lead us to the to the promised land which he preaches about everyday. Don't just sort Moyo to waist his time with no reasonable argument Besides this matter is in court.

Basil Muchuwe - 29 June 2014

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