James Makamba had a false-start to his life in the Senate when he asked the Minister of ICT about policy on the allocation of radio stations.
Issues of radio stations are under the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, which oversee the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ).
Speaking during a question and answer session in the Senate, Makamba said there are various provinces in the country that do not have radio stations and television stations.
‘’My question is directed to the Minister of ICT. Let me say congratulations Hon. Minister as a person who works in an industry which falls under your Ministry. His Excellency saw it fit to appoint you the Minister of ICT.
‘’There are provinces with many radio and television stations and there are some which do not have, for example in Mashonaland Central. Manicaland does not have any, is there any policy regarding the allocation of radio stations to a province …..
However, the Senate President Mabel Chinomona could not allow him to finish, but interjected to correct him.
‘’Order, order Hon. Senator. I do not know which Minister you are asking that question, the Minister for ICT is not responsible for radio stations but the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.
‘’That falls under the purview of a different Ministry. May you ask a question which is relevant to the Ministry of ICT?
Makamba is part of the 10th Parliament that was elected in the August 2023 general elections and is representing Mashonaland Central Province in the Senate on a Zanu PF ticket.
The businessman-cum politician is famous for establishing Telecel Zimbabwe, a struggling mobile telephone company