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Zimbabwe’s Person of the Year 2023: Information Minister Dr. Jenfan Muswere

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Dr. Jenfan Muswere – Zimbabwe’s Person of the Year 2023

In a nation historically divided by media ideologies, Information Minister Dr. Jenfan Muswere emerged as a unifying force, earning the prestigious title of “Person of the Year” in Zimbabwe for 2023. Since taking office in September, Minister Muswere has been instrumental in reshaping the media narrative and fostering cohesion among stakeholders.

Minister Muswere identified the deep-rooted polarisation within the media landscape and strategically initiated dialogues to reconcile differences among media stakeholders. His efforts are successfully transforming the once divisive environment into a collaborative space, conducive to unbiased journalism and reporting.

Elevating Media Standards and Welfare

A key focus of Minister Muswere’s tenure has been advocating for improved standards of living for journalists and media practitioners. He actively engaged with various media heads to reach a consensus on enhancing working conditions and fair remuneration. His groundbreaking proposal for a National Employment Council (NEC) dedicated to media professionals signifies a pivotal step towards addressing labour practices and wages—an unprecedented move since Zimbabwe’s Independence.

Zimbabwe's Person of the Year 2023: Information Minister Dr. Jenfan Muswere

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Exemplary Communication and Accessibility

As the government spokesperson, Dr. Muswere has excelled in articulating policy matters transparently to both the public and the media. His open-door policy stands as a testament to his inclusive leadership style, welcoming engagement from all quarters irrespective of political inclinations.

He has effectively communicated critical national developments fostering greater public understanding.

Visionary Leadership and Innovation

Being recognised among Zimbabwe’s 40 Most Influential Young Leaders underscores Minister Muswere’s impact. His dedication extends beyond unity and welfare improvements; he champions innovation and technology within the media.

Emphasising digital platforms and local content development, he promotes growth within the film and creative sectors, evident through initiatives like the Zimbabwe Film and Television Academy and the Zimbabwe Film Commission.

Quotes from Minister Muswere

Dr. Muswere affirmed,

“For us to achieve Vision 2030, we need an informed nation. It is to the benefit of us as Zimbabweans to have the right information.”

He further pledged,

“I will be a minister for all media houses both public and private, as long as we are responsible media practitioners.”

A Pledge of Equality and Development

In a recent interview, Dr. Muswere reiterated his commitment to treating public and private media houses equally, emphasising their shared responsibility in shaping Zimbabwe’s future. His focus remains on leveraging the media’s potential to contribute meaningfully to the country’s development agenda.

Dr. Muswere expressed appreciation for President Mnangagwa’s diverse and balanced Cabinet, indicating a clear focus on merit, professionalism, gender, and regional representation.

As Minister Jenfan Muswere assumes his new role, his dedication to unity, transparent communication, and innovation sets a promising trajectory for Zimbabwe’s media landscape and national discourse.


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