Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Kampamba Mulenga has refuted the story attributed to her in The Mast Newspaper on Thursday, September 28, 2017, headlined; Don’t depend on govt salary, keep chickens.
She said there was only one topic of discussion during the press briefing and all the journalists who were in attendance can attest to this.
Ms Mulenga says after the briefing, there were only two questions asked and both were related to the issue of the miners and Chambwa Moonga did not ask any question.
Below is the Full statement
*THE MAST STORY HEADLINED; DON’T DEPEND ON GOVT SALARY, KEEP CHICKENS – KAMPAMBA*
28th September, 2017
I wish to categorically refute the story attributed to me in The Mast edition of today, Thursday, September 28, 2017, headlined; Don’t depend on govt salary, keep chickens – Kampamba.
According to The Mast story, authored by a Chambwa Moonga, I am quoted as having said these words while responding to questions from journalists after a joint press briefing with Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Joyce Nonde-Simukoko yesterday, the 27th September, 2017.
On Wednesday, 27th September, 2017, I held a joint press conference in my office with Hon. Nonde-Simukoko at which I stated that Konkola Copper Mines should not proceed with the transfer of its workers to contractors before negotiations are concluded with unions.
There was only one topic of discussions during this press briefing and all the journalists who were in attendance can attest to this. After the briefing, there were only two questions asked and both were related to the issue of the miners and Chambwa Moonga did not ask any question.
It is, therefore, disheartening that a journalist can concoct a story and even fabricate direct quotations and attribute them to me.
This kind of behaviour by some journalists is what gives journalism a bad name, and as Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services I feel greatly disappointed that some journalists continue to be at loggerheads with the truth. What is even more scary is that I was not misquoted on the statement I issued in front of many people; I was drawn into a story I am not aware of and made a source!
Journalists must tell the truth and if they have misinformed the audience, they must own up and state so. I hope The Mast will own up and state so.
For the rest of the journalists let me encourage you to be factual and re-state what American journalists, Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel state in their book The Elemments of Journalism;
…the best new journalism will compete in the marketplace of ideas by being more deeply reported and more transparent, by correcting the record for audiences that have been misinformed and by answering questions other accounts have left unclear.
To all the civil servants that may have been offended by the said fabrication, please ignore the falsehood as it is a figment of someone else’s imagination and belongs to gutter journalism.
I am a responsible person and I respect all Zambians regardless of their status in society.