Ex-ZBC top manager appointed violence inquiry commission’s spokesperson

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By Staff Reporter

VETERAN broadcaster and former ZBC Radio Services general manager, John Masuku has been appointed spokesperson of the Kgalema Motlanthe chaired Commission of Inquiry into the August 1 political disturbances in Harare.

Masuku, who now heads an Internet based multi-media entity that promotes access to information, landed the job after he came out tops during recent interviews which were held to find a spokesperson.

The probe team began presiding over hearings from witnesses’ last month with plans to complete the task in 90 days.

It has however gone without staff dedicated towards handling its media affairs at a time a lot of spotlight has been directed at its operations.

Masuku said he was excited by the appointment.

“I am very excited to be the spokesperson of such a group of eminent persons who include a former state President, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, army commander as well top legal and political minds. I look forward to creating a better understanding of the mandate and work of the commission of inquiry into a highly sensitive post-election issue,” he said.

The seven member probe team into the country’s most violent electoral episode in 10 years was appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to look into the causes and further come up with recommendations on the dsturbances.

Six civilians were killed allegedly by soldiers who were deployed into the city centre to quell wild demonstrations by pro-MDC protesters angered by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s slow announcement of the july 30 election results.

Trained in broadcasting and media management at BBC in the UK and Deutsche Welle in Germany, Masuku also holds a BSc Honours degree in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe, an MPhil in Journalism from Stellenbosch University in South Africa and a diploma in Marketing from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry among other qualifications.

In 2013 he was awarded a Press Freedom prize for promoting freedom of expression.