The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media and Information in Zimbabwe urged Treasury to urgently release funds for the digital migration process. Zimbabwe’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting is said to be at 35% completion.
“The funds released for the digitisation programme were used to pay the local contractors only and nothing has been done to pay foreign contractors, who are now holding on to the equipment that is to be used for the programme,” said John Holder, acting chairperson of the committee.
“Adequate funding should be made available so that the ministry can completely migrate from analogue to digital transmission. The implementation of this programme is behind schedule and this does not only put the ministry in the spotlight, but the entire country by the end of the first quarter of 2017”, he added.
To recall, In 2015, Zimbabwe failed to meet the June 17, 2015 deadline set by the International Communications Union to complete the digital migration process.