Chishimba Kambwili
Chishimba Kambwili

Government has challenged radio stations to aspire for the highest level of ethical and professional standards, in their work.

Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Chishimba Kambwili says radio stations should not be used as platforms to ferment disunity and disharmony in the country.

Mr. Kambwili says radio, like other media, should be used constructively to foster peace and development in the country.

He said this in his message to mark this year’s World Radio Day, which falls on Saturday, February 13, under the theme The Role Of Radio In Humanitarian Emergency And Disaster Situations.

Meanwhile Mr. Kambwili says the role of radio as a medium of communication during disasters can not be over emphasized.

And Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Forrie Tembo has commended local community in the country for responding overwhelmingly to Government’s policy to liberalise the airwaves investing in the establishment of community radio and television stations.

Mr Tembo said at this year’s World Radio Day commemoration held in Chipata today that this follows Government’s liberalisation of the airwaves through the establishment of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and other policy interventions in the broadcasting sector.

He said through Information Permanent Secretary Godfrey Malama that the country now boosts of having more than 80 community and commercial radio stations.

“For Zambia, the commemoration of the World Radio Day has become more important and relevant today than ever before. This follows the Government’s liberalisation of the airwaves, the establishment of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) and other policy interventions in the broadcasting sector with the result that no fewer than 80 community and commercial radio stations are now on air countrywide,” he said.

Mr Tembo said the community, commercial and religious radio stations now dotted all over the country were playing an important role in closing the information gap especially in far flung areas of country where Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) cannot reach.

He said for over 100 years now, radio has continued to play its unique and indispensable role in public access to information in both and developing countries in which Zambia was included.

He said through IBA Government has since accelerated the issuance of broadcasting licenses.

Mr Tembo reaffirmed the Government effort under President Edgar Lungu of commitment to creating an enabling environment for the continued growth and contribution radio to national development.

He urged the media to exercise the highest level of reportorial standards in contributing to peaceful, free and fair elections ahead of the 11th August 2016 general elections.

Speaking earlier, Eastern Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo said he would not condone journalist attacks in the province.

He said he would ensure that journalists were protected in whatever they were doing in information dissemination.

And IBA Director General Josephine Mapoma said the radio should provide a platform for people to make informed decisions in times of disasters and in times of emergencies.

Ms Mapoma said the station could discourage the use of violence and hate speech and instead appealed for peaceful co-existence.

“Sir, invited s and colleagues, radio is expected to highlight the plight of the people affected by disasters but should do so in a humane way,” she said.

Ms Mapoma urged all broadcasting stations to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner at all times including in emergencies or disasters if and when they occur.

She said the radio should not incite violence and hate speech which she said it was going against the broadcasting limits.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia chapter Chairperson Hellen Mwale who spoke through Wilson Pondamali said the radio provide listeners with the information they needed more especially in rural communities.

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16 COMMENTS

    • “…to aspire for the highest level of ethical and professional standards, in their work..”

      That must be the best JOKE OF THE YEAR coming from our very own Copperstone “Graduate” !!!

      Maybe he could just not understand the words he was reading!

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  1. Walk the talk…. yourself you’re called honorable but what comes out of your mouth does not befit the honorable status

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  2. Its safe to say we have tolerate “ifikopo” for a long time. Kambwili is the most unethical person on this earth. What is ethical about him sending children abroad to get an education while trying to degrade Zambia’s education system? Money he is using to pay school fees for his kids abroad can improve many schools in rural areas. His whole life is based on intimidation and bullying people because he has no education, by bullying people he maintains his position while keeping people from rising. Leading is about striving to become better than we are, and helping everything and everyone around us to become better too. Not just one’s stomach, neck, girlfriends, wife, children, relatives etc. Kambwili needs to be fired!

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  3. That is very true Minister, but it starts with oneself. Saying 90 days we will give you this or do this and that may be classified as unethical. Am saying lying may hurt you for a long time.

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  4. The highest level of standards?

    So for “Hon” Kambwili, I guess this means only grazing his VERY BEST goats and cattle on someone else’s golf course. Right, CK?

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  5. As someone pointed out about grazing cattle on the golf course because he feels he is invisible. If this man had brains he could rebuild the golf course and clubhouse to start channeling in revenue such as golf championships. That golf course hosted many tournaments before and still can. Alas no education, no skills yet all he intimidates people, more educated that him because he fears they will take over his job. Reason he wants to challenge the grade 12 constitution for review. Instead of promoting education standards he wants it watered down. How will our future generation compete in today’s globalized world? ACC also needs to investigate where he got money to build his home on Wistaria Avenue.

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  6. Kambwili has no moral authority to tell others to act ethically and professionally. It’s like ISIS telling people not to kill each other because murder is evil.

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  7. LT, it is Valentines day. Not April Fools day!

    You cannot convince me this clown actually said that!

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