ZBC presenters in serious trouble over what they said about King Lobengula live on TV


ZBC takes action over ‘tribal’ remarks on air

Zimbabwe’s national broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), has announced disciplinary steps following comments made during a morning program that stoked tensions along ethnic lines.

During last week’s episode of Good Morning Zimbabwe, presenters sparked controversy by appearing to place blame for colonialism on King Lobengula. According to government policy, Zimbabwe strives to uphold national unity free of tribal divides, with media expected to bring people together.

In a statement, ZBC said action will be taken against those found on the wrong side.

“The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) extends its apologies to the people of Zimbabwe, and its audiences regarding the inappropriate remarks made by the presenters of Good Morning Zimbabwe on Wednesday, 3rd January 2024,” reads part of the statement.

“The National Broadcaster places it on record that the said remarks do not represent the views of the ZBC. ZBC holds great respect for all the people of Zimbabwe, as well as the valorous history of our forefathers in defending their land, humanity, and dignity.

“Furthermore, ZBC assures the nation that it upholds a comprehensive Editorial Policy that places national interests at the forefront of all content.

“Concurrently, appropriate disciplinary measures are being taken against any individuals found to have violated the Standard Operating Procedures and Editorial Policy of the national broadcaster,” said ZBC in a statement.

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