OPERATIONS at the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) offices
in Choma have been paralysed following the theft of all the
professional cameras and a 60 inch television which are used in the
production of news from the entire Southern Province.
The thieves dismantled the locks to push their entry into the office
where there were two professional Sony PD 175 cameras and an LG 60
inch television set.
ZANIS acting provincial officer Charles Mangwato said the two cameras
carter for the entire province for television news production and
Southern Province Permanent Secretary Sibanze Simuchoba described the
theft as disheartening considering the fact that the ZANIS offices
were situated at the provincial administration which was guarded 24
hours by the Zambia Police.
Mr Simuchoba said the incident is the second in a space of two years that the
offices at the Provincial administration had been broken into.
He urged the Police officers to be alert on duty when they are
supposed to unlike the current situation where they do not report for
“What is disheartening is that ZANIS is at the Provincial
Administration which was guarded by the protective unit of Zambia
Police its quiet clear the police guard the provincial administration
more in absence than in presence.
“Many a time you would come in early evening you won’t find any sign
of police officer on guard,and this happens when the police are
indolent like the way they have shown we have nowhere to run to.”
“The Police command have to up their game and start guarding this
office with the seriousness it deserves, this is the second time
thieves have broken into the provincial administration offices under
the noise of the police who don’t report for work when they are
supposed to,” he said.
He appealed for temporal equipment to be sent to the Zanis so that
it could be able to highlight the government development projects
being undertaken in Southern province.
When contacted for a comment outgoing Southern Province Police
Commissioner Godwin Phiri said the matter had been reported but did
not have full details by press time.
“The matter is being reported but I don’t have full details,” he said.