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No more cadresim, says President Hakainde Hichilema

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READ my lips, no more cadreism!,President Hichilema has said.

Speaking at his inauguration as Zambia’s seventh Republican President, the Head of State said there will be no more more cadreism.

President Hichilema has also commended former President Edgar Lungu for his service to the nation and facilitating a smooth transition.

“We choose not to call it “transfer of power” because power belongs to the people.It is therefore to the great credit of the people of this nation that today marks the third peaceful, democratic transfer of leadership since the advent of multi-party democracy, three decades ago,” he said

President Hichilema also thanked his wife,Mutinta for her unconditional love, support and counsel.

“I thank my children and the entire family for their unwavering support.To my running mate and now vice-president of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Mutale Nalumango, i say thank you for being part of our vision and being a reliable partner throughout our journey to this day,” President Hichilema said.

He also commended the Electoral  Commission of Zambia for ensuring that the elections were successfully held despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges.

He further thanked all political parties and individuals who participated in the elections.

“To the church, we thank you for your prayers and guidance before, during and after the elections.To our traditional leaders, your wise and invaluable counsel is much appreciated and to the cooperating partners, we sincerely thank you for the material and financial support towards the elections,” he said.

And President Hichilema has invited all political parties to work with his government within the remits of a democratic society.

He also invited the church and the traditional leaders to continue providing spiritual and moral guidance and to be true partners in development in pursuit of better lives for our people.

The Head of State said he will restore macro-economic stability and promote growth of the economy by paying special attention to lowering the fiscal deficit, reducing public debt and restoring social and market confidence.

He said the high levels of unemployment, especially among youths is of great concern to and will be high on the agenda to address.

The President also expressed concern with the scourge of corruption which he said has not only eroded much-needed resources, but it has also robbed the country of the opportunity for growth.

“We shall have zero tolerance to corruption.This will be our hallmark.The fight against corruption will be professional and not vindictive.The institutions mandated to investigate and prosecute will be given unfettered autonomy to effectively and efficiently carry out their mandate without fear or favour of political bias,” he said.

The President said his government is determined to free the country from the ills of mismanagement and malpractice, and promote that which is better.

He promised that no Zambian will go to bed hungry.

“Our administration will also prioritise establishing a stable and predictable environment that will promote private local, regional and international investment, protection of private property and growth and generate value for all stakeholders in our society,” he said.

President said some of his government’s key priority sectors that will drive economic growth and reduce poverty, are agriculture, mining, energy, financial services, tourism, technology, health and education.

He said in agriculture, he will work to enhance production, agricultural extension services, market access, value addition and lowering the cost of inputs.

President Hichilema said in mining, his government  will strive to increase copper and other mineral production so that zambia can reclaim its place as one of africa’s leading mining countries.

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Police plan arrest of KBN TV owner, Kennedy Mambwe, over a leaked audio recording, says Joan Chirwa

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THE Free Press Initiative (FPI) Zambia says it is in receipt of information that police plan to arrest KBN TV owner Kennedy Mambwe over a leaked audio recording published on the private broadcaster’s Facebook page.

On Thursday, January 20,2022, police summoned KBN TV station manager Petty Chanda for questioning over the publishing of an alleged audio recording of phone conversation between State House Aide for Politics Mr Levy Ngoma and Home Affairs PS Mr Josephs Akafumba where they were scheming ways to bar Democratic Party from contesting the Kabwata by-election.

FPI Zambia founder Joan Chirwa says the police’s attempt is to get KBN TV to reveal the source of the recording, is a move that is totally against journalism ethics which demand protection of sources regardless of a situation one faces.

“We would expect police to be concerned more with ensuring abundant press freedom and freedom of expression than wasting taxpayers money on a recording which the government had earlier said was fake.The energy and time being expended on this now authenticates the conversation which they tried to deny,” she said.

Ms Chirwa urged the police to abandon their plans and allow the media to operate unrestrained as promised by President Hakainde Hichilema.

“The promise to ensure promotion of press freedom made by President Hichilema soon after his election last year should be taken as an instruction to all state institutions to not interfere with the operations of the media. Meddling in the operations of the media through police call outs and arrests is counter productive and an affront on press freedom in a democracy. We call on President Hichilema to remind the police and his officials serving in different positions in government to respect the pronouncements he made considering that he himself fully understands the importance of press freedom,” Ms Chirwa said.

She further called on Information and Media minister Ms Chushi Kasanda to choose the side of press freedom that considers the citizens’ right to know more paramount than that of those in power.

She said  public officials are expected to develop thick skin as their actions and deeds will always come under scrutiny by the media and other stakeholders with vested interest.

(Mwebantu, Friday, January 21st, 2022)

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“No, Minister Kasanda! You’ve got it wrong”, Leave the media alone. Laura Miti says

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SOCIAL commentor Laura Miti says instead of condemning the media, Information and Media Minister Chushi Kasanda should tell the nation on whether or not it is true a Presidential advisor gave a named Permanent Secretary orders to interfere in the operations of an opposition political party.

An alleged leaked telephone conversation between two senior government officials has gone viral on social media in which an official is alleged to be ordering a Permanent Secretary to interfere in the operations of a named political party.

The said audio was also aired by a television station,  KBN,  whose news editor was summoned by police.

However, Ms Kasanda said the airing of the said audio is highly unprofessional as it was not verified.

She said the move by KBN Television station to air a private conversation without verifying it authenticity is contrary to media professional ethics and conduct, which demands that a journalist ought to verify any information before publishing it.

But Ms Miti has differed with the Minister stating what Zambians are interested in is knowing whether it is true that a Presidential Advisor called a Permanent Secretary, on the orders of the President, to instruct a public institution to use state power to interfere in the internal politics of an opposition party.

“No, Minister Kasanda! You’ve got it wrong.

What the public is worried about is not that a media house broadcasted an audio that everyone that knows someone, who knows someone, who owns has a basic cellphone, has heard,” Ms Miti said.

She urged the Minister to leave the media but instead concentrate on giving the nation the Acces to Information Legislation.

“A law that would allow media houses to very quickly verify if the HH Administration has already found the poisoned chalice, hidden in State House for each new administration, and is taking gulps from it,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, January 20th, 2022)

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Government warns KBN and says media freedom is not absolute as it comes with responsibility

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MINISTER of Information and Media, Chushi Kasanda, has warned journalists to guard against falling prey to publishing any information that they collect without verification.

Commenting on KBN Television station which aired a private telephone conversation between two senior government officials, Mrs Kasanda government is concerned with the unprofessional conduct of some media houses in their reporting.

She said the move by KBN Television station to air a private conversation without verifying it authenticity is contrary to media professional ethics and conduct, which demands that a journalist ought to verify any information before publishing it.

“Government is, therefore, concerned that KBN found itself in conflict with the law on a matter that it could have avoided had it followed basic principles of journalism,” she said.

Mrs Kasanda who is also chief government spokesperson said the media profession has adequate guidelines which if observed, can protect journalists from misinforming, misleading and infringing upon other people’s rights.

“It ought to be stressed that, media freedom is not absolute as it comes with responsibility on the part of the media which include verifying information before publishing it, balance, objectivity and accuracy.This is even more crucial now in the wake of social media where people who are not journalists share information, some of which is not true,” she said.

Mrs Kasanda said government is committed to freedom of the media as it is key in the promotion and preservation of democracy.

“This can be demonstrated by Government’s hands-off approach to the media in which it is promoting media self regulation, editorial independence and access to information.With these and other reforms that Government is undertaking, the media is assured of freedom in its role of informing, educating and entertaining the public,” Mrs Kasanda said.

The chief government spokesperson further called on the media to play its part by being responsible and professional in their work.

“I also wish to take this opportunity to advise the media to always seek clarification from designated offices on various national matters.For all Presidential matters, the designated office is that of the Presidential Spokesperson, for all Government issues, the designated office is that of the Chief Government Spokesperson who is also the Minister of Information and Media, and for all party matters the responsible office is that of the Party Spokesperson,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, January 20th, 2022)

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