Government has dissolved the boards of directors of Times Printpak Zambia limited and Zambia Daily Mail limited.
Chief Government spokesperson and Information and Broadcasting Services minister Chishimba Kambwili said the two boards have served for nearly three years, which was the mandate they were given.
“As minister mandated to constitute and dissolve the boards of these institutions, I must inform the nation that the tenure of these boards was to end on 24 May, 2015 having been constituted on 24 May 2012,” he said.
Mr Kambwili added that because it takes some time before new members of the boards are screened by security, Government has thought it wise to dissolve the current boards so that security wings are given ample time to scrutinise would-be new members of the boards.
“I, therefore, wish to pay tribute to the outgoing board members for their commendable efforts to oversee operations of the two companies during their tenure,” he said.
The board for Times Printpak Zambia limited comprised the following: Mr Michael Musonda (board chairperson); Engwase Banda-Mwale, Judge Kabazo Chanda (retired); Simon Bota, Eustace Nkandu; Lawrence Moola, Penelope Mapoma, Francis Lwanga (Managing Director) and permanent secretary.
The board for Zambia Daily Mail limited comprised the following: Ms Tamala Kambikambi, Caroline Phiri-Chibbonta, Philimon Songolo, Oliver Kanene, Friday Ng’ona, Bryson Mumba (Managing Director), Famous Kabwe, Exhildah Lumbwe and permanent secretary.
Mr Kambwili said the boards have been committed, innovative and worked tirelessly with their respective managements to ensure the companies are run efficiently and effectively.
“I would also like to announce that Government has terminated the contracts of both managing directors at the two companies. Government, therefore, commends Mr Francis Lwanga and Mr Bryson Mumba, managing directors of the Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail, respectively, for their contributions,” he said.
The minister has since appointed Mr Nebat Mbewe, current deputy managing director at the Zambia Daily Mail to act as managing director and Mr Beston Ng’onga will act as managing director for Times Printpak.
Mr Kambwili said he will ensure that the men and women given the opportunity to run these companies perform to the best of their abilities.
“Their key role is to ensure the citizenry are informed of government’s policies and development agenda. Lest I am misunderstood, the public media should not shy away from their other roles of being the watchdog of society, for that is why the media is referred to as “the fourth estate”.”