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The Information and Media Panel of Inquiry consultations are apolitical and contributions so far have been constructive, panel chairman Geoffrey Nyarota has said.

Nyarota said this after the Chimanimani consultations the panel held yesterday, including a tour of Manicaland and Mashonaland East.

“So far we are off on a very good start,” he said.

“However, after the disruptions in Rusape on Monday, we have to make it clear that this exercise is apolitical.”

Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial secretary for labour and production, Cde Nathaniel Mhiripiri disrupted the Rusape outreach on Monday.

Cde Mhiripiri protested the inclusion of Nyarota as chairman of the panel, saying he contested and lost in the MDC-T Makoni South primary elections last year.

Apart from the Rusape scrap, Nyarota, said all other consultations were constructive and attendance was improving with each outing.

The panel will be in Masvingo today and thereafter take a break until after the Easter holiday.

“The turnout is slowly increasing after starting on a low note in Marondera and Rusape on Monday,” Nyarota said.

“In Rusape, the crowd was slightly better though. On Tuesday, the Mutare consultation was even bigger, while the Chimanimani consultation had the biggest reception so far with over 100 people in attendance.”

Mr Nyarota said they were getting a lot of material from people and making a lot of progress.

The outreach programme in Mutare on Tuesday, which drew participants from the media, civic, religious, organisations and the general public, had more than 120 attendees at Mutare Hall (formerly Queens’ Hall).

Most of the contributions during the outreach programme touched on the general declining standards of the profession of journalism in the country.

A journalist working in the private media bitterly complained about the reluctance of staff in public bodies to release information to the private media.

Some contributors called for the opening up of airwaves and speedy implementation of community radio projects to cater for marginalised communities.

Government established IMPI to assess the state of the information and media industry in Zimbabwe.

Source : The Herald