Binga a place without any form of media

Binga is one of the remotest areas in the country. It has limited access to local media because of lack of radio and television transmission as well as a poor road network.
This has seen inhabitants in the area alongside thousands of others in outlying areas being left out of the historic process.
The parliamentary select committee in charge of the constitution-making process recently held provincial public consultations, which were limited to urban areas and growth points. “We were not told about the consultations because we do not know that there is a constitution-making process in the country.
“We are not informed on current affairs because of many factors among them lack of local radio and TV reception,” said Timothy Munseke of Chitete village in Sinansegwe ward. Villagers in most parts of Binga tune into Zambian broadcasts for information and walk several kilometres to Binga centre if they want to access local newspapers.”The only way information can reach us is if it goes through the chiefs and headmen. We have no radio and television. “There are no newspapers so it’s difficult to know what is happening in the rest of the country,” Munseke said.
Chief Siabuwa of the Siabuwa area in Binga said villagers under his jurisdiction were in the dark about the constitution-making process.”I do not even know about that (constitution-making) yet villagers expect us to update them on such issues. It is like we are living outside Zimbabwe because we are not getting information about what is happening in the country, especially this issue of the constitution,” he said. Provincial public consultations on the constitution began recently after the government released funds for the process. The consultations will culminate in the all-stakeholders national conference set for tomorrow But activists say the time frame the unity government has set for the process would make it impossible to capture the views of all Zimbabweans.
Villagers in rural Binga missed out on the public consultations because there was no information that ever got there,” said Busani Ncube, an advocacy officer at Bulawayo Agenda, a civic group that has an office in Binga.No official information is reaching rural Binga about the constitution-making process through newspapers, radio or TV. Villagers have to rely on NGOs for such information. Ncube also blamed a poor road network in Binga for the failure by NGOs to reach out to villagers so that they can make their contributions. The parliamentary committee has a lot of work to do in so far as reaching out to the people since villagers in remote areas really do not know anything about the process according to our findings from our chapters in various provinces in rural areas,” Ncube said.
Binga MP Joel Gabbuza said lack of information on the constitution-making process will also have an impact on the district’s future development plans. If villagers can’t input their views it naturally translates to the central government ignoring the area because it (government) would not know what the people in that area want,” Gabbuza lamented. The committee has a lot of work to do in so far as reaching out to the people. Villagers in remote Binga will not be represented in the thematic committees over what they need to be inputed in the constitution because they did not take part in the public consultations. They just did not know that such a process was in motion.”


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