Republic of Zambia
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services
STATEMENT BY HON. KAMPAMBA MULENGA, MP MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING SERVICES AND CHIEF GOVERNMENT SPOKESPERSON ON ALLEGATIONS OF INTIMIDATION OF THE MEDIA BY UPND LEADER HAKAINDE HICHILEMA
Government finds misplaced sentiments by UPND leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema that it is using the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) to perpetuate intimidation and corruption.
Government is further alarmed that a person seeking to be a Republican President could publicly make insidious comments on a letter that is not addressed to him but leaked to him.
Mr. Hichilema ought to be reminded that the IBA was created by the Zambian people through an Act of Parliament with specific objectives, one of which is to ensure that the electronic media adheres to their licence rules.
If Prime TV have been asked to appear before the regulatory body, an action that is not illegal, why should politicians start meddling in the matter even before the outcome of the meeting is known.
It is unfortunate that Mr. Hichilema is interfering in the work of an independent body created by the people of Zambia. It is hypocritical that Mr Hichilema is accusing Government of muzzling the media when, to the contrary, he is the one clearly interfering in the work of the IBA.
It is also important that Mr Hichilema takes time to read the IBA Act so that he acquaints himself with the regulatory body’s mandate.
All players in the broadcasting sector, including Prime Television, know the rules and regulations that guide their operations and they are expected to abide by them.
Government expects the IBA to continue doing its job professionally as always and not to be intimidated by unjustified sentiments.
9th October, 2017