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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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Zambia-Djibouti deepen bilateral relations 

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ZAMBIA and Djibouti have pledged to deepen bilateral and multilateral relations and cooperation.

Presenting his Letters of Credence to the President of Djibouti, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, His Excellency Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba said Zambia recognises that Djibouti holds one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes of the world and plays a key role in promoting trade and commerce.

Mr. Mwamba stated that His Excellency President Edgar Lungu had placed emphasis on economic diplomacy and the diplomatic role of Djibouti was paramount to Zambia and Africa.

And President Ismail Guelleh said he was looking forward to visiting Zambia.

He said he last visited Zambia in 2007 and spent time at the Victotia Falls.

He also said Africa continues to take pride in Zambia’s first President and pioneer of the Organization of the African Unity(OAU) and now African Union(AU), Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

He wished Dr. Kaunda good health and continued long life.

Earlier Mr. Mwamba held a meeting with Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Hon. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf where they discussed aspects of deepening bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Mr. Youssouf said Djibouti appreciated the role Zambia played in SADC and the African Union.

He said Zambia was a peaceful and model country that was bringing new ideas and fresh dynamics to the development of the continent through COMESA and other multilateral institutions.

He further hailed Zambia’s Tourism sector that many African countries, including Djibouti would pick lessons from.

This is according to a press statement, Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza, First Secretary (Press and Tourism) in Addis Ababa,
Ethiopia.

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Amb. Mwamba presents Letters of Credence to the  State of Djibouti

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ZAMBIA’S Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative, His Excellency Emmanuel Mwamba is in the State of Djibouti to present Letters of Credence for his accreditation on behalf of His Excellency President Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu.

Mr. Mwamba started the process by meeting Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister, His Excellency Mahmoud Ali Youssouf.

Mr. Mwamba is expected to meet the President of Djibouti, His Excellency Ismaïl Omar Guelleh.

Mr. Mwamba is accredited to Ethiopia, Somali, Sudan and Djibouti.

He is also the Permanent Representative tothe African Union(AU) and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

This is according to press statement issued by Mrs. Inutu Mupango Mwanza,
First Secretary (Press and Tourism).

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Dr. Kenneth Kaunda played a critical role in the liberation struggle of South Africa,Thenjiwe Mthinso says

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SOUTH African Ambassador to Spain, Thenjiwe Mthinso, says Zambia’s First Republican President Dr Kenneth Kaunda played a critical role in the liberation struggle of her country.

Speaking during the Political /Liberation Heritage Virtual Dialogue televised live on SABC and monitored by the Zambian High Commission in South Africa, Ambassador Mthinso said Dr Kaunda was at pains to unite the liberation movement.

She said Dr Kaunda was committed to ensure the African National Congress (ANC )and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC )united as the division that existed had weakened the struggle of the liberation movement.

Ambassador Mthinso, who was also one of the veteran members in the liberation struggle and uMkhonto we Sizwe, added that Dr Kaunda had acknowledge that Zambian’s freedom was meaningless if its neighbours were not liberated.

She said Zambia housed the headquarters of the ANC and established refugee camps while land was given to them to produce food during the struggle.

And Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Major General Jackson Miti, said it was good that Dr Kaunda’s role during the liberation struggle was being appreciated.

Maj Gen Miti said Zambia and South Africa will continue to enjoy good bilateral relations as both countries have shared rich history.

This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs Naomi Nyawali, First secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission South Africa.

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