Chamisa in veiled threat against biased ZBC, Herald

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By Idah Mhetu

MDC Alliance Leader Nelson Chamisa has issued a veiled warning against the State media, over what he says is biased coverage against his party.

Addressing a press conference earlier in the week, Chamisa warned the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and the Herald about coverage generally biased towards President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Zanu PF party.

“We have issues with some of the newspapers like the herald and the ZBC,” said the opposition leader.

“We continue to urge them to be visited by winds of sanity so that they report things properly.

“We don’t want to interfere with their editorial content and editorial policy, but we just kindly ask them to report accurately and to give fair coverage to all the players.”

He added, “Who knows it might not be Mnangagwa the next morning and if you are all routing for a person who did not win the election where are you going to be.”

The State media has long been accused over bias towards the ruling Zanu PF party and denying the opposition coverage during the elections.

Public broadcaster ZBC was widely condemned by international observers for anti-opposition reportage in the lead-up to the July 30 elections.

Chamisa is challenging the presidential election result at the Constitutional Court in a case that will be heard beginning Wednesday.

The State media, he said, needs to be aware that the election outcome is yet to be definitively settled.

“So, it’s very important that you understand that the Jury is still out; the (court) decision has not been made,” he said.

“People voted overwhelmingly for change and for this candidate; and this candidate is ready to assume office at the appropriate time.”

“Mnangagwa was defeated in this election,” he added.