Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona Chikore, has been appointed member of the country’s Board of Censors.
The move has been widely criticized by opponents of the government who claim that the appointment is designed to consolidate Mr. Mugabe’s grip on power ahead of the 2018 general elections.
The appointment, made under the Censorship and Entertainment Control Act Chapter 10:4, was announced by Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo. The board is designed to regulate public entertainment in the digital age.
The board will be chaired by former cabinet minister and educationist and historian, Aeneas Chigwedere, who will be deputized by Mrs. Konzani Ncube.
The other members are police Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, Mrs. Chikore, Mrs. Runyararo Magadzire, Chief Nyamukoho Samson Katsande, Mr. Regis Chikowore, Mr. Shingai Rukwata Ndoro, Mr. Chenjerai Daitai, Mr. Tungamirai Muganhiri and Roman Catholic priest Father Fidelis Mukonori.