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Police disrupt Radio Dialogue road show
May 02, 2012
in full riot uniform disrupted a road show organized by a local
community radio initiative, Radio
Dialogue. The incident occurred on Saturday, 28 April 2012 during
the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF). The police claimed
that the road show was called to an end due to lack of space.
Radio Dialogue, for the past 6 years has been successfully holding
the road show in question without any hindrance and this year's
disruption is rather surprising given that the radio station had
cleared with the Bulawayo City Council to use the space in question.
Radio Dialogue Production Manager, Zenzele Ndebele told the Media
Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Regional Secretariat that when
the riot police arrived on the scene, they told him that they had
orders to disrupt the road show and beat people up if they did not
comply with the order to disperse.
Other media reports have quoted the Zimbabwe
Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) Chairman Gift
Mambipiri as saying the body had observed it worrying and ironic
that, "the systematic onslaught on the initiative's
activities comes after recent comments by the Governor and Resident
Minister of Bulawayo province, Cain Mathema during the ZANU-PF annual
conference held in Bulawayo last year."
It has been
reported that Mathema who is ZANU-PF Deputy Secretary for Information
and Publicity labeled Radio Dialogue and a number of non-governmental
organizations as seeking to reverse the gains of independence by
preaching regime change.
Mambipiri is quoted as saying his organisation is convinced that
the police's action was meant to derail the community radio
from its mandate of serving the community of Bulawayo, through promoting
access to information and participation in governance issues.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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