The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) which prides itself in being a public broadcaster is a disgrace and is doing this nation a disservice. I make this observation in light of its partisan and unpatriotic reporting in the last few months.
It is not debatable that in the last few months, when you switch to ZNBC news, the headlines have been obvious: President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Inonge Wina, Esther Lungu, Chishimba Kambwili, usually in that order. In short ZNBC has virtually transformed itself into a PF propaganda wing.
But what happened last night is a scandal. The Constitutional Court passed a landmark judgment to the effect that cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and provincial ministers should vacate their offices forthwith and pay back salaries and allowances they have been drawing. Muvi TV gave this item prominence and it came out as the first headline during its 1830 hours prime time news.
Sadly our “Dead NBC” chose to ignore this historic landmark judgment during its 1900 hours news. They chose to give prominence to PF campaigns as usual. Interestingly, during the 2200 hours news, the headline was that “President Lungu accepts Constitutional Court Judgment”, again trying to give prominence to Lungu’s response rather than the actual judgment. We know that the majority of viewers watch the 1900 hours news more than the 2200 hours news. Therefore, this was deliberate and intended to deny the majority of Zambians critical information.
This is unacceptable for a media house that is supposed to serve public interest and uses taxpayers’ money to function. ZNBC under Richard Mwanza is the worst we have seen in the history of this country, and if he has any iota of conscience remaining in him he should step down.
I call upon all well-meaning Zambians to come together and compel ZNBC to begin to serve the interests of the public. As for the judgment, let us ensure that no former minster stays in office today and that they do not get away with the repayments.
By Eros Ilunga