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Tafataona Mahoso, the chief ...
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.
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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.
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.
, 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.
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.
, especially, is known to be vitriolic in its opposition to Dr Mahoso's
presence anywhere near anything to do with the media.
, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
decide to enforce AIPPA and POSA, then we would all be back to square one.
the state and the MIC chairman ...
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
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.
INFORMATION Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu ...
INFORMATION Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu says Media and Information Commission (MIC) chairperson Tafataona Mahoso, who was declared to be biased by the courts, would not preside over an application by The Daily News for registration.
On Tuesday, Ndlovu reconstituted the MIC
board, retaining two members from the previous outfit - Mahoso
and Pascal Mukondiwa - and announcing five new members, Chinondidyachii Mararike, Charity Sally Moyo, Edward Dube, Tendai Chari and Ngugi wa Mirii.
and Mukondiwa were part of the previous board, which according to a number of court rulings, could no longer be trusted to handle an application by the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe
(ANZ), for the registration of its two banned titles, The Daily News
and The Daily News
(Mahoso) will not preside over the case.The MIC
has a lot else to do besides The Daily News
issue, and he
is doing that work tremendously well," Ndlovu said yesterday.Asked by The Financial Gazette
intends to deal with the newspaper's case, Ndlovu said he
would make a public announcement at the right time."Wait, the time will come.He
(Mahoso) can recuse himself and the other members can deal with the matter.We are totally in agreement with the court judgment (on Mahoso's
bias).I am a law-abiding citizen and I will not go against decisions made by the courts," Ndlovu said. A 2005 Supreme Court ruling said the MIC
could not hear the newspaper's case because of Mahoso's bias against the ANZ
.And in a further judgment delivered in May this year, High Court judge Justice Anne-Marie Gowora specifically said Mahoso
could not preside over the matter.The judge said she
was surprised that despite the 2005 ruling by the Supreme Court that remarks made by Mahoso
prior to the hearing of the ANZ application could have created apprehension in the minds of any reasonable person that justice would not be served, the Minister of Information had not made any effort to put in place a separate legal structure that would permit the application to be heard and determined by an impartial body.