Majome ups fight against ZBC licensing

HARARE - MDC legislator Jessie Majome has removed her car radio so as to make sure she is not harassed by ZBC officials over radio licence fees.

Apart from dragging ZBC to the Constitutional Court (Con-Court)over radio licences, the Harare West MP has also removed her car radio in protest.

Three years ago she approached the Con-Court seeking to force the State broadcaster to encrypt its signal so that it is only received by those who wish to associate with its programming.

Her application was almost rendered academic in January 2014 when permanent secretary in the ministry of Information George Charamba spoke during an interview with a local radio station.

He said: “We have made a decision as a ministry and get it from me it will soon be a thing of the past (paying licences).”

However, two years on things have remained the same with ZBC dispatching more officers at roadblocks, car parks, shopping centres and residential areas in an effort to raise income.

“…Why pay for that unconstitutional and unlawful listener’s licence nuisance?” said a defiant Majome on her Facebook page yesterday.

“Speaking of which I’m still prayerfully and impatiently waiting for my Constitutional Court challenge judgement since November 12, 2014!

“My lawyers have been writing to the court every fortnight. In December, we were promised a judgment in January! Four months later and watching applications argued later than mine getting judgments handed down before mine. On a wing and a prayer!”

But whether removing her car radio will save her some pennies remains to be seen as ZBC is adamant that each and every vehicle should have a radio licence in accordance with the law.

Majome’s move is almost similar to Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga’s stunts in the National Assembly as legislators use unorthodox avenues to protest.

Brandishing women’s underwear Misihairabwi-Mushonga asked Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa if government had a policy to protect women from the cheap second-hand underwear.

The women’s rights defender who is also part of African Women Parliamentarians Association said she realised that invoking drama during her presentations has yielded successful results.

“I have been in Parliament for 15 years with this year being my 16th and I realised that there are so many issues I have raised, that I have been passionate about but in doing introspection and looking at the difference that I have made I did not observe any change,” she said.

Comments (1)

Ini yangu ndinobvisa kana ndave kusvika pane mapurisa coz handiteereri ZBC so wy shud i pay?

chivadye - 27 April 2016

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