Person of the Year 2023: Zimbabwe's Information Minister Dr. Jenfan Muswere Unites Polarised Media Space[Image Credit: Twiter/X - @InfoMinZW]

Visionary Leadership: Dr. Jenfan Muswere Uniting a Polarised Media Space


In a historic move, Information Minister Dr Jenfan Muswere has been hailed as Zimbabwe’s “Person of the Year” for 2023, primarily for his pivotal role in transforming the country’s media landscape.

With a vision to depolarize the historically divided media environment, Dr. Muswere has undertaken monumental initiatives to foster unity and collaboration among media stakeholders.

Dr. Muswere’s dedication to bridging the gaps in the media sector is evident in his proactive approach. He personally engaged with various media heads, CEOs, and managers to emphasize the urgent need to enhance journalists’ standards of living and improve their working conditions.

This led to groundbreaking efforts in advocating for the establishment of a National Employment Council (NEC) exclusively dedicated to journalists and media practitioners. Addressing remuneration and fair labour practices, this move marks an unprecedented milestone since Zimbabwe’s Independence.

Transparent Communication and Accessibility

As the government’s spokesperson, Dr. Muswere has exhibited exceptional transparency and accessibility. He has effectively articulated policy issues and openly entertained questions from diverse media platforms, transcending political and ideological boundaries.

His inclusive approach has been pivotal in disseminating critical national information, ranging from pandemic updates to economic recovery plans, ensuring the public remains well-informed.

Dr. Muswere’s leadership qualities extend beyond his role, as he stands as a beacon of approachability and willingness to engage with anyone seeking dialogue.

His ‘open-door policy’ has garnered widespread admiration, portraying him as a humble, receptive leader open to feedback and constructive discussions.


Person of the Year 2023: Zimbabwe's Information Minister Dr. Jenfan Muswere Unites Polarised Media Space
[Image Credit: Twiter/X – @InfoMinZW]

Championing Innovation and Media Development

Notably, Dr. Muswere, with his Ph.D. in Development Studies and a keen interest in corporate governance, has championed innovation and technology in the media sector.

His advocacy for digital platforms, local content development, and support for the film and creative industries through various initiatives like the Zimbabwe Film and Television Academy and the Zimbabwe Film Commission have demonstrated his commitment to the sector’s growth.

A Symbol of Positive Change

Dr. Jenfan Muswere’s visionary leadership and relentless commitment to transforming Zimbabwe’s media landscape have rightfully earned him the title of “Person of the Year.”

His initiatives to unify a historically polarised media space, advocate for journalists’ welfare, and foster innovation set the stage for a more collaborative and progressive media industry in the country.

Dr. Muswere’s reassignment into the Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services Ministry further reinforces his dedication to shaping Zimbabwe’s narrative without bias or discrimination towards any media entities.

His determination to uphold an informed society aligns with the national vision towards becoming an upper-middle-income society by 2030. As Zimbabwe progresses, Dr. Muswere remains a key figure heralding positive change in the media landscape.