Chinotimba questions Impi funding

HARARE - Fiery Zanu PF legislator, Joseph Chinotimba  yesterday said the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (Impi) was wasting tax payers’ money by embarking on a non-essential programme when the money could be better used to fund war veterans’ children.

Chinotimba raised the matter in Parliament during question time. He questioned the logic behind the creation of Impi and demanded to know who was funding its activities.

“We hear of a commission of inquiry in the media that is being undertaken and  we ask who are funding  them as we are hearing stories that some of the members of that committee were getting $300 per day as sitting allowances, with their  bosses collecting $ 10 000 per month,” Chinotimba asked.

“Who does not know there is no  radio and television signals in Buhera or Tsholotsho but we are hearing that these people are  getting a lot of money, saying they  want do work for media and broadcasting and what work they are doing that  justifies these allowances?”

He said as a leader of the war veterans, he was worried that their children were not getting any help from government whilst legislators were not receiving sitting allowances yet Impi  was  well-funded.

However, Chinotimba recently attended one of the Impi outreach programmes in Harare where he was full of praise for the committee, saying it was a welcome development. Chinotimba then used the Impi platform to attack newspapers for what he described as “unprofessional conduct.”

Samuel Udenge, deputy minister of Finance, said he was not aware of who was funding Impi. He promised to find out.

Impi, conceived last April by Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo, is mandated to “inquire into, assess and determine the policy, legal, technological, business, human resource and institutional adequacy and readiness in the information sector.”

It is made up of top editors from the public and private media, marketing and advertising representatives, information and communications technology experts, civil society members and other professionals.

The panel has been travelling around the country, collecting information on media issues by holding public hearings.


Comments (3)

Chinotimba that country does not belong to war veterans alone. It belongs to all zimbabweans .War veterans have had their share already let the cake be shared by everyone else now.Lets focus on assisting the old and aged rather than the still capable war veterans most of whom are still working like you

chira - 4 July 2014

'Fund 'war vets' kids? Their children should be in their 30's, 40's even 50's by now. If any have 1 year olds, then that is their problem.

Jake - 4 July 2014

What a load of bullshit. How can this parliament be taken serious. Did people really vote for this moron?

Junta - 5 July 2014

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