Min­is­ter urges re­spon­si­ble use of in­for­ma­tion

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Leonard Ncube in Binga

IN­FOR­MA­TION, Pub­lic­ity and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Min­is­ter Mon­ica Mutsvangwa has called on Zim­bab­weans to use in­for­ma­tion as a tool to fos­ter unity and de­vel­op­ment as op­posed to be­ing a weapon to abuse and den­i­grate each other.

At the han­dover of 17 ra­dio re­ceivers to chiefs in Binga district dur­ing a visit to the Man­jolo trans­mit­ter yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter Mutsvangwa said tol­er­ance was a hall­mark of the Sec­ond Repub­lic.

“I am here as a spokesper­son and my role is to give a mes­sage of hope and unity so that we move for­ward in love. Elec­tions have come and gone and now we have to fo­cus on the econ­omy and show the world that we are united,” said Min­is­ter Mutsvangwa.

“We have brought a ra­dio for each chief so that in­for­ma­tion comes to them and cas­cades to the whole com­mu­nity. The ra­dios will help you lis­ten to His Ex­cel­lency when he speaks to the na­tion and make sure you are not ex­posed to lies and desta­bil­is­ing in­for­ma­tion,” she said.

She went on: “We chose to come to Mata­bele­land North be­cause the Pres­i­dent’s vi­sion is that we should lis­ten to peo­ple and make sure ev­ery­one gets in­for­ma­tion. We are a lis­ten­ing Gov­ern­ment hence it’s our man­date that ev­ery­one of you gets that in­for­ma­tion.”

Many parts of Binga have no ac­cess to lo­cal ra­dio and TV and rely on broad­casts from Zam­bia.

The tra­di­tional lead­er­ship ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Gov­ern­ment’s ges­ture, with Binga District Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mrs Ly­dia Nde­thi-Banda say­ing: “This is the best Christ­mas present and thank you for bring­ing Binga to Zim­babwe.”

Chief Pashu called for more trans­mis­sion boost­ers, say­ing the moun­tain­ous ter­rain around the district made it dif­fi­cult for all com­mu­ni­ties to re­ceive broad­casts.

Chief Si­achi­l­aba said the ges­ture would em­power peo­ple in the area while Chief Si­abua said the district would now move at the same pace with the rest of the coun­try.

Four trans­mit­ters are be­ing built in Hwange, Man­jolo, Nkayi and Tsholot­sho in Mata­bele­land North. The three ex­ist­ing ones are Chi­dobe, Ka­ma­tivi and Ken­maur.

Gov­ern­ment is digi­tis­ing broad­cast­ing, which en­tails up­grad­ing 24 boost­ers and erect­ing an­other 24 new ones.

Thirty-five per­cent of the work has been done with 18 of the sites ready for mi­gra­tion to dig­i­tal broad­cast­ing.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Min­is­ter Mutsvangwa on the visit were her deputy En­ergy Mu­todi and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Mr Nick Mang­wana, along with Broad­cast­ing Author­ity of Zim­babwe and Trans­me­dia en­gi­neers.

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion, Pub­lic­ity and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices Mon­ica Mutsvangwa (sec­ond from left), her Deputy, En­ergy Mu­todi (far right), Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Mr Nick Mang­wana (left) and Trans­me­dia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mrs Florence Sigudu-Matambo dur­ing a tour of a trans­mit­ter site in Ka­ma­tivi last week.

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