The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has called on Prime Television and Government to ensure that the proposed dialogue between the two over their impasse is kept behind closed doors so that it is not clouded by politics.
In a statement issued to the media, SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe observed that proper discussions can only yield positive results if it is done behind closed doors away from political interference.
He said Government and Prime Television are partners in development hence the need for the two institutions to find amicable solutions to their impasse.
“SACCORD believes that the private media and the Government are partners in development in the country and it is therefore paramount that these two stakeholders always enjoy cordial relations.
“The reported refusal by Prime TV to work with the Government over the global crisis of COVID-19 triggering the retaliation from the Government is regrettable but provides a learning point for how the two stakeholders can pick best practices on cultivating a win-win partnership for the future. One of the lessons to be learned is the need to have mutual respect and cooperation among developmental stakeholders. Failure to foster such a mutual respect and cooperation is a recipe for stand-offs of the nature currently prevailing,” he said.
Cheembe further commended Prime TV for being proactive and seeking audience with the government to address their difference.
“SACCORD has taken note of the proactive step by Prime TV to seek an audience with the Government to address their differences. SACCORD always believes that dialogue is the best way to address differences on any nature and we hope that both the Government and Prime TV will maintain an open-door policy for dialogue. We appeal to both Prime TV and the Government to ensure that dialogue over the stand-off is kept behind closed doors as much as possible so that it allows for proper discussions that are not clouded by politics.
“The private media and the Government are key stakeholders in development and having an amicable win-win solution to the current stand-off between Prime TV and the Government advances such a developmental agenda,” he said.