Tafataona Mahoso

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Tafataona Mahoso
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Tafataona P. Mahoso the chairman of the Media and Information Commission (MIC), a columnist in the Sunday Mail and host of the ZBC show Zvavanhu. He also lectured at Harare Polytechnic College.

Personal life

Mahoso's personal life is not widely known although it is alleged that during his stay in the United States of America he cohabited with a woman known as Ruth Laughlin.[1]

Chairman of the Media and Information Commission

Mahoso was appointed as chairman of the Media and Information Commission by Jonathan Moyo.


Tafataona was dismissed as the chairman of the Media commission in early 2008 after a judge had ruled that he was not fit to hold the chairman's post because he was biased. After his dismissal, he was replaced by Chinondidyachii Mararike.


He was controversially reappointed as the chairman of the Media commission in October 2009 despite Parliament being opposed to his come back.

War with the Media

AIPPA gave him unlimited and complete powers to oversee the media in Zimbabwe, especially the print media.

Closing the Tribune

He closed down The Tribune and its sister newspaper The Weekend Tribune, on the ground that they did not inform him of a change of ownership.[2]


He fought to deny a license to ANZ, publishers of the Daily News. He was dragged to court where he defended provisions of AIPPA that gave the power to shut down newspapers.


Mahoso wrote a weekly column in the Sunday Mail, which he regularly used to support government policies on one hand and to attack perceived enemies of the state on the other. He has attacked Gideon Gono on the cash shortages in Zimbabwe in the same column.

Attack by Robbers

Dr Tafataona Mahoso was attacked and left for dead by thugs in the Avenues area after attending a State banquet hosted for parliamentarians. He sustained fractures on the left leg and was admitted at Parirenyatwa Hospital.


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  1. [1] SDRC Error 404], retrieved: 22 Oct 2018
  2. Zimbabwe: Commission threatens one of the last independent newspapers with closure - Zimbabwe, ReliefWeb, retrieved: 22 Oct 2018