ZMC suffers $1,6m budget shortfall

via ZMC suffers $1,6m budget shortfall - DailyNews Live by Chengetai Zvauya  27 FEBRUARY 2014

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has a budget shortfall of $1,6 million this financial year, Parliament’s Media  portfolio committee was told yesterday.

Tafataona Mahaso, the chief executive officer of ZMC, told the parliamentary portfolio committee, chaired by Zanu PF MP William Dewa, at his Rainbow Towers-based offices that  the media regulatory body was facing financial difficulties.

“We presented a request to our parent ministry of

$2 million and we were allocated only $400 000 which is not enough,” Mahoso told MPs.

“We wanted to get more funding from Treasury to enable us to carry out our work but that has not been availed to us.

“ZMC is not getting enough funding compared to its predecessor the Media and Information Commission (MIC) which was performing well during the time we were using the Zimbabwean dollar.”

He said the nine ZMC commissioners led by Godfrey Majonga, who is the chairperson, have not received allowances since 2010.

“The situation is dire for ZMC as there are huge arrears in salaries and allowances as the Treasury has not recognised them and have not been paid,” Mahoso said.

Mahoso was reacting to Zanu PF legislator Kindness Paradza who wanted to know why the media regulatory body was not doing any work besides the registration of journalists.

“We are not lying idle, we are doing a lot work related to media, for example,  last year we worked with Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in helping them to monitor the media during the elections period,” Mahoso said.

“We have also made visits to media training institutions and educational tours countrywide.”

He said his organisation had registered about 1 200 journalists and issued them with practicing licences either as freelance or full time journalists.

Mahoso said they had registered 97 media houses since their inauguration.

 

 

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4 comments on “ZMC suffers $1,6m budget shortfall
  1. John Thomas says:

    Mahaso 400k is too much for you you daft clown. Go home, shut up, go to sleep, disappear, commit suicide. Nobody wants you. Even those whose bottoms you have licked all these years.

  2. Mixed Race says:

    @John Thomas-well said,his organisation is just a propaganda institution which did its functions during the elections,its no longer needed by the ruling party.Mr Mahoso go and look for a real job for a change in your life time.

  3. DL says:

    What did ZMC do during the elections?

    I don’t recall them speaking out when ZBC took the MDCs money and then refused to run their advertisements?

    Nor do I recall ZMC complaining that ZBC did not give equal coverage to Tsvangirai’s speeches while covering every last breath of Mugabe’s history lessons, or speeches – the same old story, over and over, again and again!

    I also don’t recall the ZMC defending the people’s right to information!

    While short wave radio receivers were being confiscated from NGO’s and private citizens alike, I never once heard Mr. Mahaso state publicly that there is no law in Zimbabwe that prevents the possession of such radios and therefore the police were simply harassing people and denying them their right to free speech.

    If the ZMC does not wish to protect the rights of the public – their employer – then why do they expect to be paid anything at all?

  4. Zvakwana says:

    DL wake up we are living in a dictatorship you get what they want,period.

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