RDP accuses NBC Oshiwambo Radio of bias

ONGWEDIVA: Leaders of the Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) party in northern Namibia have accused the Oshiwambo Radio Service of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) of bias.

This came to light during a media conference held by RDP leaders from the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto at Ongwediva on Tuesday evening.

“We have noted that NBC Oshiwambo Radio is not impartial to all political parties, but rather favours the ruling party in all aspects,” said Timo Shikongo, the RDP’s secretary for the Ohangwena Region, during the conference.

He said opposition parties are required to pay certain fees for announcements to be aired, but the ruling Swapo Party does not on many occasions.

This resulted in a meeting with the manager of NBC’s Oshiwambo Radio Service, Helen Shiimbi, on Tuesday to confront her management on the issue.

The RDP leaders appreciated the way Shiimbi handled the meeting with them, and expressed hope that things would improve once Shiimbi implements what she had promised them.

Shikongo said Shiimbi agreed with them on certain points like the fact that the NBC has a duty to serve the people of Namibia without discrimination on political grounds.

Shiimbi was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the northern leaders of the official opposition party also bemoaned news coverage of the NBC Television, saying NBC crews hardly cover RDP events or do not honour the party’s invitations to cover its political activities.

They also demanded the reintroduction of the then popular call-in programe “Ewilamanguluka”, where members of the public could call in and freely air their views.

The programme was taken off air a few years ago.