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We want media reforms before elections

The United Citizens Alliance chaired by Joelson Mugari today in town.

The march was to advocate for new media reforms in Zimbabwe.

In an interview with the ZimOnline News reporter the Chairperson of the United Citizens Alliance (UCA) said ‘the march is to raise awareness to the Zimbabwean government about our media reforms that are not fair.’’

The Minister of Information must respond to our request within 21days in which failure to do so we will march with a much bigger crowd’’

One of the organisers Mr Tembere  alluded that ‘ I am not happy just because we sent a letter to ask for permission to the police ten days ago but the reply only came yesterday with restrictions to many participants which has led to a poor turn out’’

Mr J Mugari speaking to the crowd in Harare he said ‘we want to select our leaders without propaganda that is driven by the public media.

We want the various candidates campaigning for the 2018 presidential elections to have public debates that will be broadcasted live so that every person can cast his vote with confidence to a leader of his or her own choice.”

One of the speakers during the march known as Cde Doug cited the constitution of Zimbabwe section 61(4) which reads

  1. All State-owned media of communication must– • State operation of the media a. be free to determine independently the editorial content of their broadcasts or other communications; b. be impartial; and c. afford fair opportunity for the presentation of divergent views and dissenting opinions.

In reference to the constitution he said ‘the government must give each and every party full representation on the public media like ZBC television and the state owned newspapers.’’

Jacob Ngaribvume the President of the Transform Zimbabwe party was also present.

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