Award-winning journalist Hopewell Chin’ono says that the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa does not need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars paying American lobbyists to mend relations with the United States government.
Chin’ono opines that all that is needed is for Mnangagwa to repeal draconian legislation such as POSA and AIPPA, and media reform among other things. Part of the article reads as follows:
As I have been at pains to explain here, Zimbabwe is very low in the global high stakes game for the U.S. and hence no American administration would want to create problems for itself with the U.S. Congress over a country that gives them nothing in return.
So this in my view is not money well spent at all and whoever advised the President to take this route doesn’t understand how the U.S. system of government works.
It won’t have much of an effect at all as long as the Zimbabwean government has not addressed the outstanding issues of reforms.
It worries me a lot that the Mnangagwa administration has been played by many people who are making money out of it, either through ignorance and incompetence in the government or outright corruption.
I am aware that some people working with officials inside the government have gone to the extent of lying that they had arranged interviews for the administration officials with news networks and that these interviews needed to be paid for, something that is totally unethical in the news media.
It was basically a lie to syphon money out of government, and the government would do well to avoid associating itself with these type of crooks
I have a feeling that some people will also make money out of this arrangement, and that the President would have entered into this agreement in good faith but being misled nonetheless.
All Zimbabwe needs to do is repeal Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and replace them with progressive laws that are congruent to our constitution.
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It is a media law that was enacted in 2002 by the then minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Professor Jonathan Moyo with the purpose of making public bodies more accountable to the public and protect personal privacy. Read More About Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act
The Public Order and Security Act (POSA) is a piece of legislation passed in Zimbabwe in 2002 by a parliament which Zanu-PF dominated. The act was amended in 2007. It was widely alleged that the Act was the brainchild of Jonathan Moyo who was the... Read More About Public Order and Security Act
Hopewell Chin'ono is a Zimbabwean journalist and documentary film maker. He has won numerous awards in journalism and has worked in both print and broadcasting journalism.Hopewell did a fellowship at Harvard as part of winning the CNN African journalist of the year. Read More About Hopewell Chin'ono