According to a statement from IBA Chairman Brigadier Justin Mutale, the IBA board met this morning and resolved to withdraw licences for the three independent media houses.
Brigadier General Justin Mutale said the decision follows the unprofessional conduct in which the three stations have conducted themselves in the recent past, which has posed a risk to national peace and security.
He said the suspension has been under Section 29 (1) (ii) of the IBA Amendment Act of 2010 which prescribes that the Board may cancel broadcasting licence if the cancelation is necessary in the interest of peace and security, welfare or good order.
Brigadier General Justin Mutale said the Authority has observed that before, during and after the August 11 2016 elections, Muvi TV, Komboni Radio and Itezhi Tezhi Radio have been conducting themselves in an unprofessional manner contrary to the provisions of the IBA Act.
“It has therefore become necessary to suspend the licences of the three stations in public interest,” Brigadier General Mutale said.
He said the stations have 30 days in which to appeal the decision of the Board as provided for in the IBA Amendment Act of 2010.
Brigadier General Mutale warned that the Authority will not hesitate to take decisive action against any broadcaster found to be unprofessional in their broadcast.