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Dr. Tafataona Mahoso

Wrong Dr. Tafataona Mahoso?

Chief Executive Officer

Zimbabwe Media Commission

Employment History


  • another PhD.
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Tafataona Mahoso, the chief ..., 1 Feb 2013 [cached]
Tafataona Mahoso, the chief executive of the ZMC, defended his commission, saying the regulation of the media anywhere in the world should be done by the state.
Denford Magora's Latest Zimbabwe News Blog: 5/1/10 - 6/1/10 Live From Harare, Zimbabwe, 31 May 2010 [cached]
Dr Tafataona Mahoso has been appointed the CEO of Zimbabwe's new Media Commission, despite having vied for the Chairmanship of the same body, losing out to Godfrey Majonga.
Mahoso is known as the "Media Hangman" because he ran the previous Media and Information Commission which presided over teh closure of several newspapers in Zimbabwe as well as the banning of several journalists from practising their craft.
Harare, Zimbabwe, 29 May 2010
If proof was needed that Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC-T are just passengers in the so-called Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe, then it was provided this last week by the appointment of Dr Tafataona Mahoso as the Chief Executive Officer of the new Zimbabwe Media Commission, which was supposed to usher in a new era of media plurality and democracy in Zimbabwe.
Mahoso is accused by his detractors of being a "media hangman"in his previous incarnation as Chairman of the now defunct Media and Information Commission (MIC), which presided over the closure of such publications as The Daily News (whose offices were at one time reduced to rubble by a bomb explosion), The Tribune and others.
The MDC-Tsvangirai, especially, is known to be vitriolic in its opposition to Dr Mahoso's presence anywhere near anything to do with the media. Mugabe, taking his cue from the MDC-T opposition, has come out frequently in support of the "hangman"and Mahoso is a frequent visitor to State House. (In fact, on one occasion, he was mugged and robbed as he made his way from State House on his bicycle and Mugabe promptly gave him a driver and car to ensure this never happened again).
Nelson Chamisa, the largely incompetent Minister of Information Technology in the Inclusive Government and Spokesman for the MDC-T, is quoted as saying that Mahoso is not even qualified to run a burial society."
Questions have also been asked (mostly by the ignorant) regarding how Mahoso can be appointed CEO of the ZMC when he is also the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Authority.
The answer is that Mahoso's chairmanship at the Broadcasting Authority is non-executive. He was put there, obviously to make sure that no new radio stations and no new television stations come out of the woodwork to haunt ZANU PF.
Mugabe is actually much more concerned about radio stations and TV stations that he is about the print media. This is why, to this very day, ZANU PF insists that the existence of radio stations broadcasting from outside Zimbabwe is an outstanding issue under the Global Political Agreement (GPA).
Still, the fact remains that Mahoso is now back at the "gallows"(if you are to follow the analogy of his being a hangman).
There is nothing the Prime Minister can do about this. There is nothing the MDCs can do about this. It just goes to show yet again where true power lies in this so-called Inclusive Government.
Despite the outcry over the appointment of Mahoso as CEO of the new Media Commission, the man is unlikely to go anywhere. The new people running Commission have already said that people should shut up about Mahoso's appointment because it was "a purely administrative role". They insist that he will not be deciding who gets a licence and who doesn't.
With AIPPA and POSA still active and even the MDC-T making no moves to have these laws repealed (not even making noise about them anymore), the basis upon which Mahoso acted in his past life as Chairman of the MIC is still in place. Mahoso used to argue that the media should not look to him because he was simply enforcing laws that were on the books. The media, he insisted, should instead look to parliament and politicians to see that they repealed the laws, which would have made the MIC redundant.
What it means, therefore, is that there is the very real possibility that the media landscape in Zimbabwe will only change temporarily. Should Mahoso decide to enforce AIPPA and POSA, then we would all be back to square one.
the state and the MIC chairman ..., 28 Aug 2009 [cached]
the state and the MIC chairman Dr Tafataona Mahoso and others, from interfering with the work of the four journalists. However, the journalists,
Zimbabwe Information Centre - News, 13 Jan 2004 [cached]
The executive chairman of the MIC, Tafataona Mahoso, pleaded ignorance of any such moves, saying that if there were any, there could be taking place in the law-making process of which the MIC is not part to. "It is ridiculous to ask me about such things because laws are made by Parliament . . . all we are there for is to implement the laws not to make them," Mahoso said.
Remembering Enos Nkala's past: a historical article by David Karanja: Nehanda Radio, 30 Nov 2006 [cached]
Dr. Tafataona Mahoso is the head of the Division of Media and Mass Communication at Harare Polytechnic, the leading training ground for journalists.He believes that lack of resources and a cultural bias have made Zimbabwean media urban-based and therefore not fully people-centered."The media in Zimbabwe reflects the world-view of urban dwellers, the middle class, while giving no voice to the rural folk.The media is supposed to be a catalyst of human development.It can only do this effectively if it makes a conscious attempt to reach everybody."
Mahoso has had a chance to implement his vision.In 1997 he landed a presidential appointment as chairman of the board of directors of Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.He was, however, booted out after barely a year in office after he unearthed corruption and tried to root it out.His board discovered many irregularities, including fraudulent hiring practices that gave birth to unprofessional practices.
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