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Govt concerned with situation at ZNBC, where workers have not yet received their November salaries, Dora Siliya says

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INFORMATION and Broadcasting Services Minister Dora Siliya says Government is concerned with the situation at the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) where workers have not yet received their November salaries and is doing everything possible to address the matter.

Ms. Siliya says whilst her ministry is responsible for policy formulation, it is her expectation that the Board, Management and workers at ZNBC will come up with sustainable strategies to keep the institution financially afloat.

Speaking when she addressed Zambia Union of Broadcasters and other Information Dissemination (ZUBID) branch officials in her office this morning, Ms. Siliya said while the issue of the November salaries is urgent, the National Broadcaster needs to come up with long-term strategies that will sustain its operations and avoid issues such as delayed salaries.

Ms. Siliya said that with rife competition in the industry, there was need for new ideas and innovations to turn around the institution.

“ZNBC needs to think outside the box in order to avoid the same problems reoccurring each time they have to pay their workers because it will be difficult to always wait for Ministry of Finance to release funds especially that the country has austerity measures in effect,” she advised.

Meanwhile, Ms. Siliya has appealed to workers at ZNBC to be patient with management and give them time to resolve their issue.

Ms. Siliya said she is aware of the efforts management is making to ensure that workers get the November salaries in the shortest possible time.

And Ms. Siliya has a advised the union at ZNBC to follow the laid down communication channel in airing their grievances.

She said there is need for workers to always engage the board and management before escalating their issues to her office.

Ms. Siliya said this was important in the maintenance of industrial harmony as well as build confidence and trust among the three parties.

“The reason the minister appoints a board at ZNBC is to oversee the management of the institution, and if the institution has challenges, it is expected that workers together with the board in place write to the minister so that they present the issues at hand,” she said.

Meanwhile, Zambia Union of Broadcasters and other Information Dissemination (ZUBID) Secretary General Andrew Mphandamwike explained that the union decided to seek audience with the Minister of Information and Broadcasting Service because workers had run out of options.

Mr. Mphandamwike said management and the board have tried everything they can but have failed hence the resolution to seek help from the Minster in charge of the media industry.

This is according to press statement issued by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services.

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Seer 1 is a fool, it is astonishing that some Zambians find it pleasant to sit, view, download and share his videos, Bowman Lusambo says,

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LUSAKA Province Minister Bowman Lusambo says he will personally throw out Seer-1 the day he will step foot in Zambia.

And Lusambo says it is astonishing that some Zambians find it pleasant to sit, view, download and share videos of Seer-1.

In a statement posted on his Facebook page, Lusambo also condemned some political groupings that find it pleasant to be clapping for Seer-1 when he insults Zambian leaders.

“I again warn Andrew that since he claims to have some mystical powers, let him use those same fake powers to enter any part of this great country and he will regret that action for the rest of his life. I will personally throw him into the gallows and throw away the keys,” Lusambo said.

He said it is a greatest betrayal of national patriotism for any citizen to sit and watch the country’s sovereignty being shredded to pieces by a desperate, stranded and stateless individual who fakes miracles to survive.

” I know Andrew is stranded because if he had a home, he would have gone there after being deported from Zambia but he went and sought refuge in South Africa,” said Lusambo.

“But he knows that there is nothing he can do in Nigeria. That land has many great men and women of God who serve the Lord in truth and in spirit. Nigeria is full of great men of God such as Bishop Adeboye and little Andrew knows that he cannot manipulate Nigerias with his fake miracles.”

Lusambo also urged Zambians to realize that they have birthright and expected to all rise up and defend the country when attacked unfairly.

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Hakainde Hichilema says the lies by the PF Government on the erratic power supply is a sign of incompetence

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UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema says the continuous lies by the Patriotic Front (PF) Government on the erratic power supply is a sign of incompetence.

Hichilema said the PF have run out of lies to use as excuses for Load shedding of ZESCO electricity power.

“In simple terms, they have run out of power over ZESCO power outages, that is in turn costing struggling businesses, especially small scale entrepreneurs millions of Kwacha every day,” Hichilema said.

“Late last year, PF party announced through its mobilization official, that load shedding would end within six months. Later the story graduated into a new theory of the rate at which water travels from Victoria Falls to the Kariba Dam as being a determing factor, on when load shedding would end.”

He has noted that the intensity of power of outages even increased further, with certain parts of the country being blacked out for more than 14hrs per day for weeks and months on end.

Hichilema said despite the 2019/2020 rain season having been the heaviest in years and water catchment in most of Zambia’s waterways bursting at the seams, he does not understand why load shedding has continued.

“Fellow citizens, this is no longer a factor of how much water is needed to generate electricity, but how much more incompetence of the PF will Zambia put up with,” said Hichilema.

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Dr Chilufya warns health facilities conducting fake COVID-19 tests and giving fake negative results to people.

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HEALTH Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has warned health facilities that have been conducting fake COVID-19 tests and giving fake negative results to people.

Meanwhile, Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded 182 cases of COVID-19 and three (03) deaths out of the 651 tests conducted .

Dr Chilufya at a press briefing today said some facilities have been conducting fake COVID-19 tests and issuing false negative tests to people.

“We have noted the emergeance of some facilities that are purpoting to be doing COVID-19 tests and issuing false negative results. False negative COVID-19 tests will not protect you from the Virus. We have designated centres where we test fr COVID-19,” Dr Chilufya warned.

And Dr Chilufya said 78 COVID-19 patients are still admitted in facilities with 26 in oxygen, and two critically ill and in ICU.

Meanwhile, Dr Chilufya said all the 15 members of parliament that had tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered and discharged.

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