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Govt Pours Cold Water On CCC Plans To Have Channel On DStv

Govt Pours Cold Water On CCC Plans To Have Channel On DStv

The government of Zimbabwe has poured cold water on plans by the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) to initiate a DStv channel ahead of the 2023 polls.

NewsDay Zimbabwe reports quotes CCC secretary-general Chalton Hwende as lobbying citizens to launch an alternative television station on DStv, a Sub-Saharan Africa direct broadcast satellite service owned by MultiChoice. Hwende said during a Twitter space discussion:

To launch a truly independent channel on DStv channel you need monthly fees of around US$8 000.

Let’s do it Zimbabwe — we are left with only 12 months before the election, and so we need US$96 000 and we free the airwaves.

In response to Hwende’s remarks, Information ministry secretary Nick Mangwana there will be no channel. He said:

Political parties can’t be given a broadcasting licence in Zimbabwe.  The agreement with MultiChoice is that they can only carry licensed broadcasters in our jurisdiction. So guys the US$96 000 is your money, you can give it if you wish, but there will be no channel.

Private media players in the country have been struggling to get broadcasting licences, while critics say those who got licences are sympathetic to the ruling ZANU PF party.

The CCC party, led by Nelson Chamisa has often accused the State media, particularly ZBC, of bias in favour of ZANU PF.

Section 155 of the Constitution compels State media to provide all political parties and candidates contesting an election fair and equal access to electronic and print media, both public and private.

Zanu PF political commissar Mike Bimha recently advised CCC to use social media to reach out to its supporters because ZBC was not the only campaign platform.

Lawyer Tawanda Mapuranga said although political parties were not allowed to run broadcasting stations, the government was obligated to ensure the independence of the public media.

The European Union election observer mission in 2018 urged the government to reform the State-owned media to fully guarantee their independence and impartiality to enhance the credibility of polls.

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17 Comments

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

Citizens must not worry about desseminating information or campaigning for CCC President, Advocate Nelson Chamisa. Citizens must continue using social media. It is the most effective way of communication nawadays. Citizens should leave the import, Nick Mangwana, with his dysfunctional ZBC. Whatever the Old People's Home does, its demise is already written on the wall come 2023 Harmonised Elections. They will fall by the wayside.

NYIKA INOURAIWA NE MBAVHA DZAYO.

NGAAPINDE HAKE CHAMISA.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Dish 1 month ago

How can zanu PF block a channel on dstv.


Zuze 1 month ago

Because DSTV Zimbabwe is owned by c-10 , and you know who controls who

Zuze 1 month ago

Mungataure henyu zvamunoda, asi tinoziva kuti DSTV Zimbabwe ndeye C-10, zvese neAfricom.

CCC garai pasi. Channel yeDSTV muZimbabwe haibude. Kunze kwekutoti maipihwa kuSasa Afirika. Kanapo, channel iyoyo vanoivhara muno. Hapana bouquet inounza feed yechannel yenyu.

Fungai dzimwe nzira, DSTV hapana hapana


1 month ago

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𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 1 month ago

𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗹𝗲𝘁 𝘂𝘀 𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘅𝗶𝗺𝘂𝗺. 𝗖𝗖𝗖 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗲𝘀𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁𝘀𝗮𝗽𝗽 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗽𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱𝗰𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗷𝘂𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁.


Gabbu 1 month ago

It was a good thing as CCC to have an independent broadcasting Channel.Takutorongedza kunopinda saka tosanogadzirira ,maCXC rovai warm up 🤣🤣


Dzvamu 1 month ago

Tengai mashort wave radio zvonetsei ndozviri nani toteerera studio 7 pane kuona ZBC. Kana ivo vekuZBC havatodewo kutoona news dzavo. Coz its utter rubbish praise singing a gvt inthe midst of poverty.


Gabbu 1 month ago

🤣🤣🤣🤣wakanyanya,they don't.Vasvika vanototi haaa nhasi ndaverengeswa news dzenhema manje😅😅

Perez 1 month ago

the GREATER populace is not affording to subscribe to Dstv and you want to invest 96k on Tv project. Do it cheaper and inspire! If Pindula has s free data app ko imi motafza nei. Dstv ikutoonekwa nevanhu vatiri kuda kubvisa. Can we go fancy after tasunungura nyika.


ccc 1 month ago

just register the channel in South Africa


Blue 🔵 1 month ago

Nyika inourawa nembavha dzayo

NgaapindeHake Chamisa NHC


Ginious 1 month ago

Ngapindeeeeeeee

Blue 💙 1 month ago

With or without a channel. Zimbabweans know whom they want.

Vote for Chamisa. Vote for CCC
Ngaapinde Hake Chamisa NHC


collins 1 month ago

kukwata ma sports uko, zanu ine tv station wani, that ZBC aka dead bc iya yatisisaone. skawara CCC torizadza zvakadaro.



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