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Mupfumira to meet media chiefs

ACTING Information minister Prisca Mupfumira will soon meet editors of both state and private media to exchange views with them and discuss various issues as she familiarises herself with the ministry.

Kudzai Kuwaza

In an interview this week, Mupfumira said she would have a meeting with all mainstream media editors soon after consulting Information permanent secretary George Charamba on the date for the meeting.

The minister said she would also convene a meeting with various stakeholders to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (Impi) report. “I will meet the editors of all the media houses,” Mupfumira told the Zimbabwe Independent. “I will set a date after I meet the Secretary for Information.”Mupfumira said she also plans to go on a familiarisation tour of all media houses to learn more about their operations.

Mupfumira was appointed acting Minister of Information by President Robert Mugabe in a cabinet reshuffle earlier this month. She replaced Jonathan Moyo who was appointed Higher Education minister.

Soon after his appointment as Information minister in 2013, Moyo raised expectations when he went on a charm offensive, visiting all media houses and called for the media to work together in harmony with government.
However, by the time he left office, relations between him and the private media were beginning to deterrorate in some cases.

Mupfumira, who is also minister of Public Service and Social Welfare, said she has no plans to make any changes to the boards falling under the Information ministry which include those of Zimpapers and Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).

On the forensic audit carried out by KPMG on the ZBC whose findings are yet to be made public, Mupfumira said she would study the report before making a decision on the way forward.

Impi, conceived by Moyo, was launched in April 2013 to “inquire into, assess and determine the policy, legal, technological, business, human resource and institutional adequacy and readiness in the information sector”.

It was made up of editors from the public and private media, marketing and advertising representatives, information and communications technology experts, civil society members and other professionals. The panel travelled around the country, collecting information on media issues by holding public hearings.

Mupfumira has said the media must focus on developmental issues that benefit Zimbabweans rather than being pre-occupied with negative reporting.

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