THE Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has won four awards at the
2016 Public Relations and Communication Awards of the Zambia
Association of Public Relations (ZAPRA) for effective management of
the August 11 General Elections.
The awards are Best Crisis Management Campaign winner, Best Public
Relations Campaign, Best Public Sector Campaign and Best Managed
ECZ Public Relations Manager Chris Akufuna also got the runners up
award in the Public Relations Personality of the Year.
This was on Friday night during the 2016 ZAPRA Public Relations and
Communication Awards Gala at David Livingstone Safari Lodge in
Speaking when receiving the awards, Mr Akufuna thanked ZAPRA for the
recognition saying it was not easy to deliver the 2016 General
“The awards are very encouraging to ECZ. On behalf of the Commission,
I wish to state that we will maintain our standards and even do better
in the coming elections.
“It was not easy to deliver this election and we wish to thank ZAPRA
for the recognition,” Mr Akufuna said.
The Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSC) went to Zambia
Consolidated Copper Mines Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH) while
Multi-Choice Zambia was the runners up.
Solwezi Today was the Best Corporate Publication winner while the
Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was the as runners up.
The overall winner for the Public Relations Personality of the Year
was Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) Public Relations and Marketing
Manager Hezel Zulu.
Beauty Undi from Kalulushi Municipal Council was the Emerging Public
Relations Practitioner while the Best Public Relations Agency of the
Year went to Cutting Edge Media Com.
ZCCM IH won the Best Website award while the Zambia Information and
Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA) was the runners up.
The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) won the runners up award for
the Best Public Sector Campaign.
ZESCO spokesperson Henry Kapata was the Best Publicist of the Year.
ZICTA won the Best Social Media Campaign with Airtel Zambia got the
runners up award.
The Best Public Relations and Communications Student was Sydney
Mutemba from Cavendish University while the runner up was Manga
Miyanda Maimbo, Kellys Kaunda, Samuel Kasanka, Musician Sister D,
Chibamba Kanyama, Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS), Zambia
National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), ZABS and Vodafone Zambia
received respective President’s Awards.
And officiating during the Awards gala night, Livingstone Mayor Eugene
Mapuwo commended ZAPRA for recognising and motivating workers in the
Public Relations profession.
Mr Mapuwo said the Livingstone City Council believed in excellence and
that was why the local authority had a fully-fledged public relations
and customer care department.
“To the winners, use the awards to achieve the objectives of your
organisations,” Mr Mapuwo said.
ZAPRA president Davies Mupenda urged those who did not win awards to
work hard so that they win next year.
Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale, who earlier opened the 5th
ZAPRA Public Relations and Communications conference at the same
venue, said it was important for PR practitioners and Communication
experts to assist the Government in ensuring that hate speech and
contempt among citizenry was discouraged with a view to promote
The Conference, which attracted PR and Communication specialists
across Zambia, was held under the theme the “The role of
Communications in Regional Integration”.