Censorship is crucial in giving the readers the correct information-Kambwili

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Chief Government Spokesman Chishimba Kambwili
Chief Government Spokesman Chishimba Kambwili

INFORMATION and Broadcasting Services Minister, Chishimba Kambwili has said the public media have the power to cover all the political parties but that censorship is crucial in giving the readers the correct information.

Dr Kambwili said although the public media had been given the authority to cover opposition political parties, it was important to censor the information that would be disseminated to the public to avoid raising alarm.

Dr Kambwili was reacting to an online article attributed to Catholic Diocese Bishop of Mongu Evans Chinyemba, where he stated that the public media only spoke for the party in power.

Dr Kambwili said the Government respected the people’s opinion and it had strived to allow all political players to be given fair coverage, which was evident through the various programmes and articles being aired and published on opposition parties.

“We have given the public media power to cover anyone regardless of what party they belong to, but what is important is that those in the public media must be able to differentiate sense from nonsense as they decide on what stories to publish. Some political leaders issue alarming statements and I don’t think it is in the interest of Zambia for public media to carry alarming statements that have no justification,” Dr Kambwili said.

“What we have told media heads is that they should operate independently, but they should analyse the information they are channeling out to the general public. We have tried by all means and have told media heads that everybody must be covered. Everyone is covered in the public media, when you open the papers you find a story about the opposition, so what more do they want?”

Dr Kambwili said there was need for those accusing the public media of being biased in their reporting to note that President Edgar Lungu was not only a party leader but a Head of State, hence there was need to draw a distinction with other opposition presidents.

He cautioned heads of public media to be careful about what information was published as certain statements issued by some political parties were alarming and were not in the best interest of Zambia.

Meanwhile, Dr Kambwili has declared that the Copperbelt and Luanshya District in particular is still the Patriotic Front (PF) stronghold.
The minister said looking at the mammoth rallies that President Lungu held during his two-day campaign visit to the Copperbelt, the ruling party was headed for another victory next week.
“We have scored 10 out of 10 on the campaign and I think we have shamed the opposition who claim that they have infiltrated the Copperbelt. The province still remains the stronghold of the PF. You don’t blow your own trumpet, but I think the results will show, but I can rest assure the President that we have no competition in Roan and Luanshya constituencies,” he said.

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    With Fat necked ignorant Witchdoctors like this Kambwili running Zambia, any wonder the Nation has sunk to near oblivion, with one of the worst performing currencies on the planet??
    Vote for these “Bats”, & be warned Zambians, You will eat mud!!

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      WHAT AN IRRESPONSIBLE STATEMENT!!!! THIS MAN KAMBWILI THINKS THE FREEDOMS GRANTED BY THE TENETS OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE ARE SUBJECTIVE. NO MR KAMBWILI THOSE FREEDOMS INCLUDING THAT OF EXPRESSION AND SPEECH ARE ABSOLUTE. YOU DONT GET TO CHOOSE HOW WE THE PEOPLE USE THEM. EVEN HATE SPEECH AND THAT WHICH IS DEEMED PROVOCATIVE SLANDEROUS OR THAT WHICH INCITE VIOLENC HAS A VERY HIGH STANDARD AT WHICH IT IS BARED. IN SHORT KAMBWILI PLEASE CONCENTRATE ON STARTING TO REBUILD YOUR TROUBLED PARTY THAT LUNGU HAS SUNK TO THE GROUND AND STAY OFF OUR FREEDOMS.
      CHIBE CHIBE LUNGU ALEYA
      RAIN NO RAIN PF MUST BE VOTED OUT!!!

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      I just liked a page on Facebook for ZNBC, all posts are for PF and Edgar Lungu. Like the page and find out if Mr Kambwili is telling the truth.

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      Kambwili is hoping to succeed ECL in 2021 however I dont see ECL winning this election. Kambwili has presidential ambitions and Lungu should be careful with such characters!

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      Sweet message for UNPD die hards and sour news for the Chipatepate followers…..
      ________________________________________________________________
      PF Has An UpHill Battle In This Election:kopalatimes.com
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      As we have always indicated, it is becoming clearer and clearer that PF are fighting an uphill battle in this election.
      UPND has shown significant growth in PF areas while PF have failed to even scratch UPND strongholds. And so far the battle is being fought in PF ‘strongholds’.
      So far the UPND have out campaigned PF. Even here in Lusaka UPND have held more rallies than PF. Already they are revisiting places they have been to before. In 2015 PF blamed Guy Scott. What is their excuse now?
      With this state of affairs all UPND may need is…

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      CONT’

      With this state of affairs all UPND may need is to get an average of 40% in PF areas knowing that they can get a minimum of 85% in Western, North western and Southern provinces and the election could be theirs.
      Unless something significant happens in the remaining 9 days, PF on its way out.

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      Kambwili: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that ‘all men are created equal’..”. The implication of that statement is that each man must be able to decide for himself what is correct or not correct information. We do not need government, and un-educated people like you with fake degrees, to decide what information we need.
      Kaunda tried it and failed. PF will fail!!

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    Viva big Boss that’s true we will win next week without competition with cattle keepers dreaming to keep human beings..PF for life..

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    More bull shlt and lies from the fat frog!

    August 11 he can go back and get a few more degrees from his kantemba “university”.

    We can even give him a few medals and a uniform to make sure he looks just like Idi Amin.

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    Complete and utter I Di ot. The post was more accurate in its news. You are essentially telling the people half the news.

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    1diots have a habit of repeating history.Ba Ndokota a lot of pipo have travelled your route,like Mulongoti,Kamalondo and many more who thought they would monopolise the public media and they have ended at the wrong end of the stick.Even the Post that you today abuse you will need it soon as you rightly go into oblivion.

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    Chimbwili still exposing his ignorance since 11′. My K3 TV levy has been a total waste

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    WHAT KAMBWILI CONSIDERS CORRECT INFORMATION IS ACTUALLY WRONG INFORMATION OR PROPAGANDA IN THE EYES OF THE PUBLIC. SO KAMBWILI SHOULD KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT AND STOP PREACHING TO US ABOUT CENSORSHIP. THIS TRIBALIST IS A VERY SERIOUS THREAT TO THE PEACE AND UNITY IN OUR COUNTRY. KAMBWILI AND HIS BOSS LUNGU SHOULD BE VOTED OUT NEXT WEEK THURSDAY. CHANGE, HERE WE COME. VIVA HH VIVA! VIVA ZAMBIA FORWARD VIVA!

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    SOME BLOGGER ANALYZED THAT THE ONLY TWO REASONS WHY SOMEONE IS SUPPORTING EDGAR LUNGU IS EITHER BECAUSE ONE IS ENJOYING AND BENEFITING FROM THE CORRUPTION GOING ON IN THE COUNTRY PERPETRATED BY LUNGU HIMSELF, OR IS A BLIND TRIBALIST. IT IS CLEAR THAT LUNGU HAS FAILED TO GOVERN OUR COUNTRY, SO WHY STILL SUPPORT HIM WHEN THERE IS A BETTER TEAM OF POLITICIANS THAT CAN SERVE US BETTER? WHY SUPPORT LUNGU A FAILURE AND A LET DOWN? WHY?

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    Is censorship enshrined in our statutes? Is it abolished? Maybe CK knows what he is talking about. Let us read…

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    Hunger … caused by irresponsible governance and dull policy direction with chipantepante foo1ish 5tupid behavior… that’s the Paya Farmer (PF) way.

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    Chishimba Kambwili’s rantings are an affront to our democracy and free press. He appears to be an ardent reader of the writings of Paul Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda. Freedom of the press is a constitutional right which cannot not be reduced to a mere licence in the manner suggested by Kambwili. Censorship of news on public media outlets is unconstitutional as it cannot be reasonably justified in a democratic society like ours.

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    All citizens are shareholders of the public media. Let the citizens decide which is good and bad information. You do not have a monopoly of wisdom to decide for all the shareholders and you have no right. What you are doing is illegal.

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    what a mistake to have this man as a Zambian..he doesn’t look like one of us..doesn’t he live in the Ituri forest..kekeke..whatever he says whenever he opens his mouth stinks..tribalist and uneducated..

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    We are patiently waiting to usher in a new leadership, devoid of mediocrity, buffoonery, pomposity, bigotry and lumpenism. It has been a very very trying period for sane citizens to fathom that this is the best we can produce as a nation to lead us, shemuna, shame! With God’s help, the UPND team is coming to bring restored ties between all citizens across tribes and regions. All equal before the law and all with enshrined rights to hold their convictions without a panga coming their way!

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    PLEASE WATCH KAMBWILI’S RALLY ON wwwDOTyoutubeDOTcom/watch?v=36_pIn7mDck

    REPLACE DOT with .

    There u can see for yourselves the tribalist rhetoric Kambwili wants DeadNBC to be broadcasting. Very pathetic, worse than a pit latrine. Ministers in Rwanda were prosecuted at the Hague for words less incriminating than what comes out of this man’s mouth.

    Time will tell.

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    Trying to reason with Doctor Chishimba Kamwili is like attempting to drink water laced with 50%v/v of cyanide and still expect yourself to produce ATP an hour later; akin to exposing yourself to a full dose of black mamba venom and expecting to make love to your husband 24 hours later. Because of Dr. C. K. and his approach, I sparingly use the initial Dr. in front of my name because even though I earned it studying pterocarpan stereoisomerism 11 years ago, I realized it does little to change your social outlook. So instead of insulting Dr. C. K. try to keep away from his kind of poison.

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    “The public media must differentiate nonsense from sense” Apparently they are doing a very lousy job of it because most if not all the time you speak Dr. nonsense spews out of your pie-hole and yet they are covering you all the time.

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    Check around the world which countries censor news, locks up journalists and closes news media such as newspaoers.

    Then draw your own conclusions.

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    It is important to note that “Doctor” Kambwili’s doctorate is honorary. In many ways the distance between a honorary doctorate and the REAL doctorate is a million miles and that distance depends on the conferee. Clearly what Kambwili spews must shame those with equal honorary doctorate. The title of Dishonorable Idiotorate (ie. IDio. Kambwili) seems apt.

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    Why are we still referring to “baby hippo” as DR? Please for the life of us, he’s no doctor. Paying for a fake degree its pathetic. Kambwili under estimated the power of Google which shed some light on where and how he actually paid. That very scam is exactly what shed light on Kambwili’s ridiculous investment. Ati you can now call me doctor. Atase!! We know it costs anywhere from $600-$1,500 and of course the organisation gets a tax exempt of up to $250 while claiming they are empowering Africans. They should just say they are empowering Kambwili because not all Zambians are that shallow. And how dare he use tax payers money on such a scam! Working hard and getting a degree from a legitimate, accredited institution is the right thing to do instead of shortcuts.

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      Baby Hippo is NOT a Doctor. He is a “WITCHDOCTOR”
      the Correct Title is “Witchdoctor Kambwili”

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    To clarify Kambwili does not know the difference between a honorary doctorate and a real doctorate. Yes, many schools, public and private, recognize individuals who make notable contributions to society by awarding them a doctorate degree. These can be scientists, authors, musicians and philanthropists for their exemplary accomplishments, achievements and acknowledgement that serve the greater good. Examples are acknowledging academic distinction, award for profession in field of law, recognizing revolutionary scientific research and discovery, bestowed upon exceptional religious figures etc. Question is where and how does Kambwili fit in all these examples? What has he done and achieved? That is the question!

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