By Eliaser Ndeyanale
DTA leader McHenry Venaani has criticised State House for inviting NBC to broadcast live all presidential press conferences saying it was a waste of State resources.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Thursday Venaani asked why Government is spending a lot of money on live broadcasts.
“There is a tendency developing in the office of the President, every time the President holds NBC has to broadcast it. Why should be there a live broadcasting of the presidential press conference? Why are we spending N$100 000 on NBC?” he asked.
Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi responded saying that the Office of the President preferred live broadcast to avoid distortion by some media houses.
“It is not money wasted. We have observed distortion here and there, thus we want the President to inform his people (directly),” responded Kapofi.
Before President Hage Geingob left for the US last month to attend the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, he held a live broadcast press conference to explain his trip to the viewers. The same also happened last week when he briefed the nation on his trip, in a televised press conference, the President spoke at length about the various engagements he had during his trip to the US, and the strategic importance of the interviews he conducted with the media in US.
He also spoke about the cost-cutting measures employed during this trip and his position on various international matters including Africa’s push for a seat on the United Nations. security council.
This is not the first time Venaani is complaining about NBC. In July he lashed out at the state broadcaster for lack of airtime for his party’s events.
“I am embarrassed by the NBC. We had a central committee meeting a month ago you were not there, we had a central committee meeting on Saturday this past weekend you did not come, and today you are arriving late at the event. I’m not going to repeat myself you are just going to start where others are.
“I am going to complain to your director general soon. Why should we pay you money? Nonsense,” he lambasted two NBC journalists who arrived late at his event. “NBC has become an institution that is fed by Nampa. Most of the news that they are airing is from Nampa. What is their role? They cannot claim they didn’t get the invitation, how did all of you get the invitation?” he questioned at that time.
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015