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(HERALD ZW) Prof Moyo meets Zambian envoy
November 5, 2013
Felex Share Herald Reporter

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo yesterday met Zambian ambassador to Zimbabwe Ndoyoyi Muliwana Mutiti to discuss ways of strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. Speaking after the meeting at Prof Moyo’s Munhumutapa offices in Harare, Ambassador Mutiti said the meeting centered on enhancing relations in all sectors.

Prof Moyo was accompanied by his deputy Cde Supa Mandiwanzira.

“I was just paying a courtesy call on the Minister and comparing notes with him,” she said.

“We mentioned that there is a lot that the two ministries of information of Zambia and Zimbabwe can do together to further enhance the relations that exist.”

An official who attended the meeting said Ambassador Mutiti expressed appreciation on the stance the two ministers were taking in the media sector.

“She said she has been observing the initiatives and wanted to find the main reason why they were doing that and what their vision in terms of the media in Zimbabwe was,” said the source.

The official said Prof Moyo told Ambassador Mutiti that the visits to various media houses were aimed at giving them first-hand information of what was taking place there.

“Prof Moyo said this would help them as Government to make decisions from an informed position that would guide the media for the next five years,” the official said.

“He also highlighted to the envoy that the Ministry’s vision was to depolarise the media that had been polarised for the past decade.
The official said the envoy congratulated the two on their appointments as ministers.

“She said they used to meet with Professor Moyo at the forum of African diplomats where the Professor made presentations before he was appointed minister and she felt it would be strange if she did not come to congratulate him,” the source said.

Prof Moyo, the source said, told Ambassador Mutiti that his ministry had a mandate to ensure the media worked for the development of the economy.

“That is less politics and more of developmental stories to realise economic progress,” the source said.

“They also agreed that it was important for people to understand the historical and cultural relations binding the two countries.

“They noted that the cross border trade taking place between the two countries was clear evidence that the two are friends.”

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