By Staff Reporter
BINGA North MP Prince Dubeko Sibanda has accused the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) of failing to dump old habits of concentrating on covering the first family at the expense of the rest.
He was contributing to debate on the Electoral Amendment Bill in parliament this past week.
“During the days of the former President of this country, President R.G Mugabe, especially in his final days, public media was known to cover prominently two people at the expense of everyone else,” he said.
“These two people were always Cde R. G. Mugabe or Cde Grace Mugabe. Those were the people that were prominently covered at any moment in the public media of this country.
“We know that everywhere Cde Mugabe went or his wife went, ZBC would send outside broadcasting vehicles to go and beam to the whole nation what will be taking place live and at the expense of the tax payer.”
Following Mugabe’s ouster November last year, Sibanda said, ZBC has merely carried over the old habits and was now covering President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his wife, Auxillia.
“…If statistics can be taken we will find that the State media, ZBC included has covered President E. D Mnangagwa and his wife more than they have been covering anybody or any institution in this country.”
The MDC-T legislator said the public media operated using public funds and was accountable to Zimbabweans than the privately owned media which were profit making entities.