Information and Broadcasting Minister Kampamba Mulenga
Information and Broadcasting Minister Kampamba Mulenga

Government has said that it is a misconception that it is out to harass the private media. Chief Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information Kampamba Mulenga said that government has got no scores to settle with any sections of the private media.

In her end of year message to the media, Ms Mulenga said that government wants to see professionalism in the press. The Minister also expressed concern at the poor working conditions for journalists in the private media. Ms Mulenga said she will meet media heads soon to discuss the matter.

And Minister of Information Kampamba Mulenga has said that Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has not increased television levy. Ms Mulenga said that the levy is however, being reviewed and at an appropriate time the public will be informed of the outcome.

Speaking during a media briefing at her office in Lusaka, Ms Mulenga said the levy remains at K 3.

She also said government decided that Top Star communications should charge a subscription fee of K 30 for a minimum bouquet of 25 channels.

Top Star Communications Company Limited is a joint venture in which ZNBC owns 40 per cent share and StarTimes has 60 per cent.

Ms Mulenga further said the implementation of digital migration phases two and three is in full gear following the securing of financing by the government.

She said the project will see the construction of six provincial broadcasting stations and installations of transmission sites that will bring digital television to all parts of the country.

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  1. Chief Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information Kampamba Mulenga said that government has got no scores to settle with any sections of the private media.

    She is right, after all it is the government which registers these institutions.

    The only thing government will not allow is wrong doing.

    If you steal or commitment any other offence and the police put you where you belong, dont say the government wants to settle scores with you.

    If anything the government just wants to settle your conduct down to normal, and responsible.

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  2. One Idi*ot above!! Do u live in outer space or u are so dull that u can’t see any witch hunting by yo fellow pathetic fools. Dimwit, go and change yo diaper.

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  3. And those of you criticizing the declaration of Zambia as a Christian Nation need to rethink.

    You are like a person who travels with colleagues from Lusaka to Kitwe and back.

    On arrival back in Lusaka the car breaks down. Then he asks a question, ‘ why did they even service this car before departure when all it can do is go to Kitwe and back to Lusaka then break down?’

    Fundamental error in rationale right there, because he does not pause a little to think that if no service was done to the car, it is possible it would broken down even before reaching Kabwe.

    You say, as far as you are concerned, Zambia should not have be declared a Christian Nation because there are many wrongs being committed?

    Well, it could have been worse had the country not been dedicated to God…

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    • In conclusion, rather than condemning the mechanic, thank God that you travelled safely from Lusaka to Kitwe and back.

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    • You really are an ignoramus! Why call yourself peace for Zambia and then vomit rubbish that can provoke people?

      Politics and religion do not mix!

      Four centuries ago “christians” were killing other CHRISTIANS by burning them ALIVE! Just like ISIS is doing today in Syria. In the name of God!

      It was called the INQUISITION led by the Catholic Church and the Pope.

      And it caused a hundred years of WAR in Europe.

      Is that what you are advocating as peace for Zambia?

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    • @ 2.4 Truth

      The issue is how did you manage to be provoked?

      That fact that someone gets provoked is no cause for worry but what has provoked them.

      After all if you improve security for a neighbourhood thieves will be provoked.

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    • A Christian (pronunciation: Listeni/?kr??t??n/ or /?kr?stj?n/) is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. “Christian” derives from the Koine Greek word Christós (???????), a translation of the Biblical Hebrew term mashiach.[4]

      While there are diverse interpretations of Christianity which sometimes conflict,[5][6] they are united in believing that Jesus has a unique significance.[5] The term “Christian” is used adjectivally to describe anything associated with Christianity, or in a proverbial sense “all that is noble, and good, and Christ-like.”

      I have never met any Zambian who
      fits the above so why bother?

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  4. The PF govt is just full of lies and sh!t. 2016 was a horrible year for private media. They closed The Post and ZWD and they claim they have no biff against private media. By being professional they mean singing Lungu’s praises. Bitter and twisted liars!

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  5. TV levy must be abolished since we watch TV through decoders were we pay to access content. So if I have nothing to do with DeadNBC as I do, why should I pay them when I don’t own their decoder and instead pay for TV that I own which I use to watch MUVI TV for example. #TVLEVYMUSTFALL!

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  6. @Peace for Zambia I think your reasoning is biassed,the government has biff with the private media that have a different editorial line and on Zambia as a christian nation I lived in the 90s when it was declared and am here now,morally, economically nothing has changed for the people,we are morally worse off and financially only the pastors have gotten better….

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    • @ 5 One Nation,

      I would like to fully respect you view and opinion.

      But help me with one question, because I love to search for logic in whatever submission one makes.

      You say we are morally and financially worse than before 1991; do you then think that the declaration has caused that decline? Or is the sentence you made independent of the matter at hand?

      Explain and support your reasoning?

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    • Hi @ peace for Zambia, to respectfully help with your question to “One Nation”, yes the declaration has caused the decline because it has made a lot of Zambians lazy. They think their problems could be solved by a prayer (like manna from heaven) than work. Look we even have one fully day declared for doing nothing productive, but national prayer. Which developed country in Europe or Asia has that?

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  7. WHY IS IT ZAMBIAN LEADERS PRIORITY TO HANG AROUND BEAUTY PAR LOURS/SALOONS AND BOUTIQUES 90% OF THE DAY? JUST BE NATURAL AND COMMIT YOURSELF TO HARD WORK, FORGET ABOUT LOOKS, ATTIRE MOTOR VEHICLE, OH GOSH!

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  8. …why even talk about TV levy without talking about ZNBC reforms…how does a spectrum of citizens with different political beds be subjected to sleep only on one bed for the ruling party…why cant it be like BBC..??…rubbish

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  9. I am sure all you media practitioners out there, are aware of this ‘coded’ message from this Minister of Information Kampamba Mulenga. To decode it, simply switch her positive sentences into negative and vice versa, i.e. remove the word ‘not’ if it is there, add it if it is not there as you read her message. Suddenly the message tallies precisely with what Govt has been doing.

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  10. Kampamba,take it easy my dear.Don’t fight a war you don’t know where it started. The issue is RB is the one fighting the Post because it made him lose to Sata .

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  11. MADAM MINISTER ARE YOU SERIOUS? SERIOUSLY?!!! THIS MADAM HAS GOT JOKES HONESTLY. HOW DO YOU EVEN MAKE SUCH A STATEMENT WHEN THE TRUTH IS LAUGHING RIGHT IN OUR FACE? ATI “GOVERNMENT HAS GO NO SCORES TO SETTLE….” LOL. SOME EXAMPLES
    RADIO MANO…..1
    ZWD…….2
    POST NEWSPAPER….3
    MUVI TV……..4
    THE MARE FACT THAT YOU QUALIFY YOUR STATEMENT BY SAYING GRZ EXPECTS PROFESSIONALISM IS IN ITSELF AN ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY CENSORSHIP AND LEAVING OPEN THE ABILITY TO SETTLE SCORES.
    MADAM MINISTER PLEASE GET SERIOUS. SERIOUSLY!!!!!

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  12. 5.2 Peace for Zambia what am saying is the declaration has had no effect morally or otherwise, morally we are going the way of south Africa and economically the of the Congo..

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    • @ 13 One Nation,

      The fact that there may have been no noticeable Chang does not mean that the declaration has had no effect.

      Suppose the status was to deteriorate but the declaration has prevented it from becoming worse?

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    • @ 13 One Nation,

      Even when analysing the economy, you cannot say that if the growth rate is at 0? then the effort put in bears no effect.

      Understand that the economy could easy record a decline, i.e. a negative growth, but the effort is helping to stay even.

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  13. @Peace for Zambia If your economic EFFORT is producing 0 or negative growth then you are doing something wrong

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    • If someone is about to die but they give him medicine that prevents death but does heal him.

      You cannot say the medicine has no effect just because healing has not taken place.

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  14. THIS LADY MINISTER SEEMS TO BE VERY MISINFORMED OR IGNORANT, SHE BEHAVES LIKE SHE IS A VISITOR HERE AND IGNORANT OF THE OPPOSITION S BLOCKAGE BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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    • IMF LOAN conditions are that Government must stop harassing the press. Even the EU observer mission raised the issue of press freedom.. That’s why radio mano journalists have been released and govt is coming out to show the world that it isn’t interfere in press freedom

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