Government cancels tenders for digital terrestrial migration
Government has with immediate effect cancelled the tender on the supply, delivery and commissioning of the National Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting System in Zambia.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Mwamba, said the cancellation is in line with advice his ministry received from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA).
Mr Mwamba said the ZPPA recommended for a review and cancellation of the tender in accordance with regulations 176 of the Public Procurement Regulations of 2011 following appeals by two of the unsuccessful bidders.
According to a letter dated 13th September and addressed to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, ZPPA Director Davies Chisenda, recommended for the cancellation of the tender due to non responsiveness in accordance with regulation 24(1) of the Public Procurement regulations.
Mr Mwamba, however, said government will now consider unbundling the tender into four slots which include civil works, studio, network and consultancy services than merging it as one as it was done in the previous tender.
He said the unbundling of the tender will make it easier to manage the tender process more efficiently and effectively in terms of technical capabilities of bidders.
Mr Mwamba added that unbundling tender will enable the country meet the June 2015 deadline set by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for countries to migrate from analogue to digital television broadcasting.
He said despite the delay in the implementation process, government will remain focused to meet the deadline to migrate from analogue to digital televisions broadcasting as prescribed by the ITU.
Mr Mwamba assured the nation that the new tender procurement proceedings will be expedited by using the most efficient procurement method in line with the public procurement act.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today, Mr Mwamba said his ministry will ensure the policy on digital migration is quickly approved by cabinet to guide in the implementation of the whole process.
And Mr Mwamba has announced the appointment of Zambia Daily Mail Managing Director, Isaac Chipampe, as the new Director of the newly created Department of Press and Media Development in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services.
Mr Mwamba said Zambia Daily Mail Deputy Managing Director, Anthony Mukwita, will now act as Managing Director with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwamba has called on Heads of Media Institutions to immediately depoliticise the newsrooms in the public media institutions to enable the editorial staff to work as professionals.
Mr Mwamba has also with immediate effect directed all public media institutions to ensure that there are no personal-to-holder reporters attached to certain government ministers in terms of news coverage.