THE Zambia Security Intelligence Services (ZSIS) Director General Mr. Samuel Nkhoma has died.
Mr. Nkhoma died at Levy Mwanawasa Teaching Hospital on Friday morning.
President Lungu assures safety of journalists, the State will not allow anyone to harass them during the course of their duties
PRESIDENT Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, has assured journalists that the State will not allow anyone to harass them during the course of their duties.
The President says he will not countenance violence on journalists, and those in the habit of attacking journalists, whether Patriotic Front or opposition, risk being prosecuted.
The President made the assurance this morning at State House when he held a virtual meeting with members of the Zambia Union of journalists (ZUJ).
“l must state that the space is not shrinking for journalists, it is not true. There are always bad eggs in society but it is the duty of the police to ensure a safe environment for journalists. Violence against journalists is not part of the PF policy and anyone engaging in violence, whether Patriotic Front or opposition will be arrested, ” the President said.
The ZUJ members had requested to meet the President to discuss various matters affecting their members.
And President I-ungu has allayed fears among journalists that there would mass redundancies as a result of the merger of Times Printpak Zambia Limited and the Zambia Daily Mail Limited.
According to ZIJJ president Samuel Lukhanda, there is anxiety at Times Printpak Zambia Limited arising from the rumoured merger of the two companies.
But President Lungu said the two companies will continue running as separately despite having one chief executive. The two companies are under the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) whose chairman is President Lungu.
The President said the two companies are in the process of restructuring and in the event that some redundancies happen, the affected employees will be paid their dues.
“Even if you are laid off, you will be paid and there is life after formal employment, ” the President said, “l have heard of journalists who are now successful farmers or businessmen.
And President Lungu has said the media plays a critical role in the democratic dispensation and this is why his Government advocates for self-regulation of the media so that journalists operate freely. The President added that his Government allows journalists to express themselves without hindrance.
And Mr Lukhanda said journalists would like to be considered among the first people to be vaccinated against covid-19 since they are also frontline workers to which the President agreed.
The ZUJ leaders also informed the President that their salaries needed to be improved and that they are in dire need of support from the Government to cover the forthcoming elections.
The President promised to help the journalists so that coverage of elections is not affected by logistical problems.
“Journalists need transport and other logistics, otherwise they will be susceptible to ‘blalizo’ (Zambian journalists’ term for corruption), “the President remarked.
This is according to press statement issued by the Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Mr. Isaac Chipampe.
Opposition alliance hits a snag, an alliance with yourself, theliz no, says Chishimba Kambwili
OPPOSITION National Democratic Congress (NDC) party president Chishimba Kambwili questioned the criteria used to form the United Party for National Development (UPND) Alliance.
Mr Kambwili has mocked the Alliance saying ‘How do i have an alliance with myself, Chishimba Kambwili alliance’.
Speaking to journalists in Lusaka, Mr Kambwili however said he is yet to meet his party Central Committee to chat the way toward.
“We are yet to meet the Central Committee to chat the way toward.But the most surprising thing is how do you have an alliance, How do i have an alliance with myself, Chishimba Kambwili alliance, then you say you are with others,” he said.
Yesterday, the opposition Alliance through its chairman, Charles Milupi announced the formation of the UPND Alliance comprising three opposition political parties.
However, NDC spokesperson Saboi Imboela accused the UPND of wanting to destroy the party even before Government is formed.
“On a personal level, if the selfishness continues in UPND, I would rather go to PF, because at the rate the UPND is displaying selfishness, I would rather work with PF than removing the PF,” Ms Imboela said.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) to hold Congress on March, 17th. 2021
MOVEMENT for Democratic Change (MDC) Secretary General Mr Lucky Mulusa says the party will go on to contest the August elections unless the people say otherwise.
Speaking during a briefing this morning, Mr Mulusa said the party will next month hold its elective conference with observance to COVID-19 protocals.
“The MDC will be holding its Inaugural conference on 17 March and it will be done in 11 centers accross the country including the secretariat,” he said.
He however said the proposed cyber bill can be an oppresive tool in the hands of the PF.
“We do appreciate that there are some nice clauses in the cyber security bill but given the history of the PF abusing yhe public order, we feel it gives alot of room for abuse from the government,” he said.
“The trend of dishing out monies does not disadvantage the opposition because the MMD tried it but they lost elections but it distroys the model of elections and democracy and it shows miopic thinking of some leaders.”
He said the PF governmnet should level the playing field.
“We hope going forward the PF will not use the covid protocals and pubkic order act to disadvantage other political players. Disadvantaging other pokitical players gives room for the people to rise up and this does not give in to the best leadership,” He said.