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Mutambara Resurfaces In SA .. Now Heads African News Agency

by Lex Vambe

CAPE TOWN — ZIMBABWE’s former Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Mutambara (pictured), has been appointed president of the African News Agency (ANA).arthur_mutambara_2009_world_economic_forum_on_africa

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Speaking at his unveiling ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday, Mutambara said telling the African story in an authentic manner was not charity, but simple economics.

Mutambara, a former opposition MDC leader, said with globalisation and advances in information technologies, news and information about the continent were “much-sought-after commodities”.

“We have all seen the narrative that Africa is rising, that Africa is the last economic frontier and is poised for high economic and business growth,” Mutambara said at a Press conference.

“How are we covering news on Africa?” he asked, adding that it was not enough to simply have news that was “impartial, balanced and accurate”.

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“Does everyone understand the culture, the politics and history of Africa? There is need for news about Africa, by Africans and for Africans and for this to be told to the rest of the world, we need to hear the voices of Africans.

“This is not charity, it is economics. It allows one to make better decisions and make more money because the information is nuanced and authentic.”

Mutambara said he was excited to join the ANA project as it was the perfect vehicle to tell the African story.

“Africans understand themselves better and even if the narrative we have about Africa is not correct, then it is the duty of Africans to tell that story.”

He said part of his role was to make ANA the “go-to source” for African news.

“ANA provides a platform where Africans interpret their own stories for the world. Consequently, ANA gives the world nuanced and authentic news about Africa, while maintaining the traditional values of truth, accuracy, balance and reliability.”

He added that meaningful news and information would lead to effective business, investment, social and political decisions about Africa.

ANA CEO Grant Fredericks welcomed Mutambara, saying ANA had made “significant strides” since its inception in March 2015 and was well on its way of “realising our vision of reaching more than one billion viewers and readers globally”.

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